Potential strike action looms among CN Rail workers


The Teamsters union that represents roughly 3,000 members of the Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) at Canadian National Railway Company (CN) says workers may be going on strike as soon as November.

In September, conductors, train- and yard-workers voted 99.2 per cent in favour of strike action over its collective agreement that expired near the end of July this year.

“We will continue to negotiate in good faith with Canadian National in hopes of reaching a negotiated settlement. To that end, we will not be bargaining in the press or discussing the sticking points publicly at this time,” says president of the TCRC, Lyndon Isaak.

A strike could happen as early as November 19 at one minute past midnight. In a news release, the union says it will give at least 72 hours’ notice of any strike action.

The conciliation period ended on Friday, October 25. The next round of talks with the company and federal mediators is set for November 12.

A representative for CN Rail says, “CN remains committed to working with the TCRC, and is optimistic that an agreement will be reached.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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