The purpose of this paper is to provide some background concerning the current and potential role of labour in the Canadian railway industry. The context against which the paper was written is one of concern about the future of railways in Canada. The industry, both passenger and freight, faces stiff competition from other modes. Labour faces the prospect of continued job losses. The regions face the threat of abandonment of railway service as the industry seeks to rationalize and reduce the cost of doing business. Shippers face uncertainty about their distribution options. Meanwhile, Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) also face competition particularly for transborder traffic with American railways, which--after almost a decade of partial deregulation under the Staggers Act--have made important strides in cost reduction. Contents include: Introduction; The Current Situation; A Comparison of Canadian & U.S. Performance; and Conclusions and Issues.

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    Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport

    Queen's University
    Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Jones, J
    • Pignal, A
    • Schwier, jC
    • WOOD, W G
  • Publication Date: 1989-11

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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  • Accession Number: 00494910
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0 88911 079 4
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CIGGT 89-10, CIGGT PRO-910
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1990 12:00AM