Rail strike averted

by MM&D Online staff

CN reached a new tentative collective agreement with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY).

The parties’ negotiation—assisted by federal mediators—of a new tentative agreement averted a threatened strike by the union on Feb. 8, 2014. The TCRC-CTY represents approximately 3,000 CN train conductors, trainpersons, yardpersons and traffic coordinators on CN’s network in Canada.

Details of the three-year labour contract are being withheld pending ratification.

Jim Vena, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: “We commend the leadership of the TCRC-CTY for reaching consensus with the company and averting a possible strike. This will ensure continued service to our customers in a very challenging environment where extreme winter conditions have hampered CN operations and affected service levels.

The federal goverment estimated that the total impact of a shutdown is up to $450M per week.