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May 29, 2017

CN train conductors could go on strike Tuesday morning

The Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference - Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY), which represents approximately 3,000 conductors and yard operations employees at CN in Canada, has given the company a 72-hour notice of its intention to strike as of 0400 hours Eastern Daylight Time on May 30, 2017.

Mike Cory, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of CN, said: "We continue to negotiate in good faith with the assistance of a federally-appointed mediator in order to reach a fair agreement before the strike deadline. We are also offering to resolve our differences through binding arbitration with a neutral arbitrator. We remain optimistic that we can reach an agreement without a labour disruption."

According to the Teamsters, CN is seeking concessions from workers on a wide range of issues. The union says the company served notice this weekend that it would unilaterally impose changes to the collective agreement that could permanently impact workers. The union says it had no choice but to issue a strike notice."

"We're doing everything we can to avoid a strike, and Teamster members expect the same from management," explained Roland Hackl, TCRC vice president and lead negotiator for the union.

Sources: CN & TCRC