July 6, 2022
Fargo, US 81 F

Canadian Pacific Agreement Reached; Operations to Resume

By Mike Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition

Canadian Pacific Railway announced this morning that it had reached an agreement with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to work with an arbitrator on the unresolved components of the contract negotiations.  As a result, the railroad is resuming normal operations today at 12 pm local time – ending the two-day shut down. 

We are very pleased normal operations are resuming at one of the major transporters of agricultural products.  Every additional day of the shutdown would have imposed a compounding negative impact on agriculture and the broader economy.  The food production provided by farmers is clearly an essential service.  The delivery of this food production by Canadian Pacific and other transportation providers is also an essential service.  We commend both parties for agreeing to a process that facilitate a resolution to the negotiations without further disrupting a supply chain that is already under tremendous stress. 

A quick resolution to the negotiations is particularly significant for agriculture given how there are certain times of the year in which the ultimate success of the farmer is primarily determined.  Spring is clearly one of those consequential times.  Having normal operations quickly resume for grain, fertilizer, and other essential commodities was critical for the agricultural supply chain.

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