In a statement issued Sunday morning, the company said it would deploy management personnel to operate a reduced freight service on its Canadian network.
Several thousand people living in the greater Montreal region will be affected by the CP Rail strike on Monday morning.
Three commuter train lines serving Montreal and its environs operate on CP-owned track and are driven by more than 100 CP engineers. Those are the Vaudreuil-Hudson, St-Jérôme and Candiac lines.
CN Rail engineers drive the trains running on the other AMT lines.
The Agence métropolitaine de transport (the commuter train transit authority known as the AMT) was denied an injunction on Friday to keep its commuter trains running.
“I find the current situation unacceptable …19,000 clients are being held hostage over a work conflict between CP and the Teamsters. I believe there could have been a better way to settle, to offer at least rush-hour service in the morning and evening,” said AMT president Nicolas Girard.
Girard said that during labour disputes in the past, CP Rail and its unionized employees agreed to provide a basic level of commuter service. This time, CP Rail and its employees made no such agreement regarding commuter train service.
He said earlier on Sunday morning that the AMT will try to get a new injunction passed on Monday.
The AMT said it would run 60 buses along those lines to ensure commuters get to work on Monday. However, the transit authority said it would have needed 700 buses to provide the same level of service the commuter trains fulfill.