Calls Inflation A Fact Of Life

A federal arbitrator yesterday cited the rising cost of living in awarding VIA Rail engineers a combined 10.5 percent wage increase over three years, more than the railway offered. Inflation was a fact of life for the first time in generations, said Canada Labour Code arbitrator William Kaplan: “It is fair to say that interest arbitrators have not had to contend with significant inflation since the early 1980s.”

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