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Via Rail workers issue strike mandate

(Source: Railway Age, July 7, 2022) As negotiations continue in Montreal, members of Unifor, Canada’s largest union on the private sector and representing VIA Rail’s on-board service personnel, chefs, sales agents and customer staff, issued a strike mandate ahead of...

Unifor members ratify new agreements with VIA Rail

(Source: VIA Rail press release, March 15, 2021) MONTREAL — Following the tentative agreements reached in January, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) is pleased to announce the ratification of collective agreements 1 and 2 by the members of Unifor Council 4000, the union...

Via Rail still struggling

(Source: Railway Age, December 7, 2020) NEW YORK — VIA Rail, Canada’s counterpart to Amtrak and a much-smaller system, is not doing well and seeking emergency government funding. It recently reported an 82% drop in ridership and an 84% decrease in revenue compared...

Via Rail makes wearing a mask mandatory on all trains

(Source: Canadian Press, June 20, 2020) MONTREAL — As of Tuesday, Via Rail says passengers will be required to wear masks to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Montreal-based passenger rail service says it’s making the change as ridership increases with...