Canadian Manufacturing

Rail union issues strike notice to CN; threatens action this week

Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference represents 3,000 CN train, yard operations employees in Canada

MONTREAL—Canadian National (CN) Railway Co. said it has received a strike notice from the union representing some 3,000 of its workers across the country.

According to CN, it received 72 hours’ notice from the Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference (TCRC) union, which represents CN train and yard operations employees.

The notice said the union plans to go on strike at midnight Feb. 8.

“Unfortunately, after only two days of discussions following the news that the Teamsters union had failed to ratify tentative agreements reached last October, the TCRC suddenly served a 72-hour strike notice to CN (Feb. 4),” CN chief operating officer and executive vice-president Jim Vena said in a statement.

“We plan to return to the table 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.”

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