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1/11/2005



Rail News: Labor

Canadian labor board ponders service implications of possible CN strikes, lockouts



Yesterday, Canadian National Railway Co. announced the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) is determining whether rail services should be maintained in Canada in the event of a strike or lockout involving the Class I and three rail labor unions.

CN officials are trying to negotiate agreements with representatives from the United Transportation Union, which represents 2,520 brakemen and conductors; Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, which represents 1,750 locomotive engineers; and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents 630 electricians.

"The company remains optimistic settlements can be reached without [any] labor disruption," CN officials said in a prepared statement

The right to initiate a strike or lockout is suspended until the CIRB renders a decision. After a determination is made, the board will require at least 72 hours' notice prior to the start of a strike or lockout, CN said.


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