Canadian labour board to review implications of possible CN strikes

by Canadian Shipper

The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) will determine whether specific rail services should be maintained in Canada in the event of strikes or lockouts involving three of the CN’s unions.

Until the CIRB renders its decision on essential services, any right to strike or lockout is suspended.

During the CIRB determination process, CN says it will continue to bargain in Canada with the United Transportation Union (UTU), representing 2,520 brakemen and conductors; the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), which represents 1,750 locomotive engineers; and the 630-member International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

While CN says it remains optimistic settlements can be reached without labour disruption, the company is cooperating fully with the CIRB, whose essential services review was requested by the Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour.

After the board’s determination, at least 72 hours’ strike or lockout notice would be required prior to any legal strike or lockout.

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