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Canadian Pacific announced today that shippers of grain and other agricultural products across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota have submitted letters to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) opposing CN's and Kansas City Southern's combination, its use of a voting trust, or both.
The letters describe how a potential CN-KCS combination and its proposed use of a voting trust would see reduced options for agricultural shippers in the Upper Midwest leaving them fewer direct competitive options, and eliminating the new network of shipping options a CP-KCS combination would create, CP officials said in a press release.
Meanwhile, CN and KCS announced that their proposed voting trust as part of their merger proposal now before the Surface Transportation Board has been endorsed by two major labor unions: the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Transportation Division.
The letters from all parties are available for review on the STB website.