3,000 CN Rail unionized workers threaten national strike on Nov. 19
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Teamsters Canada Rail Conference is putting pressure on the railway ahead of a resumption of negotiations that will include mediators.
MONTREAL — Canadian National Railways conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons have threatened to launch a strike in three weeks after six months of negotiations.
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference disclosed Oct. 28 that its 3,000 members voted 99.2% last month in favour of a strike.
A strike could begin at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 19, after the union provides at least 72 hours’ notice.
The union is trying to put pressure on the Montreal-based railway ahead of a resumption of negotiations with the help of federal mediators on Nov. 12.
The workers, who are mostly located in major urban centres across Canada, have been without a contract since July 23.
CN Rail lowered its forecasts last week by pointing to a deterioration in North American rail demand and a further slowdown in the economy.
“CN remains committed to working with the TCRC and is optimistic that an agreement will be reached,” said a CN Rail spokesman.