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CN, Steelworkers team up to tackle safety


Canadian National Railway Co. and the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) plan to work closer together to improve safety. After a recent meeting in Toronto, railroad and union officials agreed to explore ways to boost the Class I’s safety performance.

“We believe that forging a new relationship with the steelworkers will help … improve our dialogue with [union] members,” said CN President and Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison in a prepared statement.

The Steelworkers represent about 3,000 CN employees (including former BC Rail Ltd. workers) who maintain and repair track, bridges and structures in Canada.

“Our members at CN have a wealth of knowledge of railway engineering practices [and] we believe that the company will benefit from drawing more on our members’ expertise,” said USWA International President Leo Gerard.