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CN Turns Down Union Request for Additional Conciliation

CN Rail today advised its supply chain partners about the current status of the company’s labour negotiations with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) union, which represents CN locomotive engineers in Canada.

The letter from Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer Jean-Jacques Ruest indicates that “CN has declined a TCRC request to extend the current conciliation process because the company remains optimistic that the two parties can and will reach a new collective agreement. CN is scheduled to continue negotiations with the assistance of federal conciliators.”

The letter notes that CN has recently negotiated tentative collective agreements with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Rail Canada Traffic Controllers, which represents traffic controllers or train dispatchers, and the United Steelworkers, which represents maintenance-of-way employees on CN in Canada.

The existing conciliation between the two parties will end at midnight Saturday, January 24, and will begin a 21-day cooling off period.  Following that, CN could precipitate a labour disruption as of mid-February.