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4/16/2007



Rail News: Labor

CN, UTU-Canada unable to reach agreement over the weekend



The United Transportation Union-Canada strike against Canadian National Railway Co. continues. Despite a five-hour meeting in Montreal on Saturday, CN and union officials were unable to reach a contract settlement covering 2,800 conductors and yard workers in Canada.

“CN had nothing to say to suggest that there might be any improvement in the rejected deal,” said UTU-Canada Vice Presidents Bob Sharpe and John Armstrong in a prepared statement.

However, the union “demanded” that CN improve its offer and was “unwilling to address issues CN previously raised in negotiations,” railroad officials said in a statement.

CN officials are open to further discussions, but no other meeting dates have been scheduled yet, they said.

UTU-Canada initially launched the strike against CN on Feb. 10, but suspended the job action and returned to work during the ratification process for a tentative agreement reached on Feb. 24. The union resumed the strike on April 11 after 79 percent of UTU-Canada members rejected the one-year settlement, which called for a 3 percent wage increase and $1,000 signing bonus. That same day, CN began locking out striking workers at various terminals.



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