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CN reaches agreement with Teamsters, averts strike


For the second time in less than two months, Canadian National Railway Co. has averted a strike. Today, the Class I announced it reached an agreement in principle with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), which was ready to launch a strike against CN at midnight tonight. Two federal mediators helped prompt the tentative agreement.

The railroad and union still are negotiating terms for the five-year pact, which will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2004. The parties are withholding contract details pending ratification by 1,750 TCRC-represented engineers.

The union planned to strike because contract negotiations bogged down after 19 months of bargaining and CN proposed eliminating a profit-sharing plan. The previous contract expired Dec. 31, 2003.

“I am pleased that CN and the TCRC were able to resolve outstanding issues and reach a new collective agreement without a labor disruption,” said CN President and Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison in a prepared statement.

In late March, CN averted a strike by reaching a tentative four-year agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Two federal mediators also assisted those negotiations.

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