CN Railway Workers’ Union Serves Notice to Strike on Saturday

Recent developments indicate that CN Railway might have to face a serious strike by more than 3,000 of its conductors, train and yard employees on early Saturday. In a press release issued by the company on Wednesday, it revealed that the Teamster Canada Rail Conference, which represents the employees, has presented a legal document deemed as a 72 hours’ notice of its intention to strike at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.

Chief Operating Officer at CN, Jim Vena, mentioned in a news release that “unfortunately, after only two days of discussions following the news that the Teamsters union had failed to ratify tentative agreements reached last October, the (union) suddenly served a 72-hour strike notice to CN Tuesday evening.” It was added that “we plan to return to the table today with the assistance of federal mediators and will decide our next steps at the end of the day if we fail to reach an agreement with the union.” In an announcement made by the union last week, it disclosed that the tentative agreement was rejected by 67 per cent of the members who voted.

In case the union goes on to strike at Canada’s largest railway, it would undoubtedly have a serious impact on the movement of goods, since the bad winter weather has already affected rail operations. Previously a strike by 4,800 workers, also represented by the Teamsters, at rival CP Rail in May 2012 prompted intervention from the federal government to bring in a back-to-work legislation.

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