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CN Rail and Unifor Talks Resume with Lockout Deadline Fast Approaching

Posted February 23, 2015

Under Economic Issues, Logistics & Supply Chain Issues


Canadian National Railway Co and the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and trucking staff will resume contract talks on Monday, just hours before a deadline set by Canada’s No. 1 railway to lock out the workers.

The Unifor labor union said talks will resume at around 1 p.m. EST, but the two sides have said they are far apart on wages and working conditions.

CN Rail operates freight and some passenger trains on tracks across Canada and the United States. In the worse case, a lockout could spur big disruptions of shipments of grain and other commodities and goods. It also would have threatened commuter train service in the Montreal area but the union and the company announced a deal over the weekend to keep those trains running. Click here to read more.