CAW union, VIA Rail reach tentative contract agreement

3-year agreement follows difficult, challenging round of negotations
By Euan Rocha
||Last Updated: 07/23/2010

Canadian Auto Workers union said it has reached a new three-year tentative agreement with VIA Rail, after a difficult and challenging round of negotiations.

The agreement between the union and the government-owned railway that carries about 11,000 passengers daily, will avert a strike that was set to begin just before midnight on Sunday.

The CAW said late on Saturday that the tentative pact enjoys the full support of the union's bargaining committee and its details will be released upon ratification.