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Via Rail workers union says strike is imminent

TORONTO (AP) -- The union representing customer and on-board service workers at Canada's national passenger rail service says it's expecting to go on strike tomorrow, following the latest offer from Via Rail.

The Canadian Auto Workers union said Thursday that talks have broken down with Via Rail.

Via Rail presented its latest proposal to employees yesterday, offering wage increases of 2 percent a year over three years.

The union says the company's plans to increase pension contributions means workers will be taking home less money.

Management will continue to offer basic railway services in the event of a strike, including daily trips in the morning and at the end of the day on the Quebec City to Windsor, Ontario, corridor.

Long-distance trips and service to remote locations will be provided once a week.