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CN Rail Union Warns Against Government Interference as Strike Looms

(Reuters)

A union that represents 4,800 workers at Canadian National Railway Co said on Thursday it would not accept government interference in its contract talks with the country's No. 1 railroad operator.

Unifor leaders said on a conference call they would proceed with a vote to strike. The remarks came after CN said Wednesday it would unilaterally change a labor pact covering mechanical, clerical and intermodal staff represented by Unifor by Feb. 20, if a new accord wasn't agreed by that time.

“We are not looking for a dispute, but it is clear to us that CN is,” Unifor President Jerry Dias said. He accused the railway of forcing a stand-off in the hopes that the government would step in to avert a strike and force the two parties into a binding arbitration process. Click here to read more.