Approximately 750 signal and communications employees with CN Rail have gone on strike, as of June 18.
The railway says the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers rejected its final offer, which included a 10 per cent increase in wages over three years.
“While we are disappointed in the current situation, we remain open to resolving the outstanding issues through an agreement or through binding arbitration,” says CN’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer Rob Reilly in a letter to all employees represented by the union on June 20.
CN says normal rail operations are continuing under an operational contingency plan. The railway says the plan will allow it to “maintain a normal level of safe rail operations across Canada and serve its customers for as long as required.”
CN has a separate labour deadline looming with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), the union that represents more than three thousand CN conductors, yard workers, and trainspeople. The three-year deal that CN reached with the TCRC after an eight-day strike in 2019 is set to expire on July 22, 2022.