CN Rail workers on strike

Nearly 3,200 Canadian National Railway conductors, trainpersons and yard workers are on strike

 

About 3,200 Canadian National Railway conductors, trainpersons and yard workers are on strike after the union and company failed to reach a deal by the midnight ET deadline.

The union had hoped they could have reached an agreement before the midnight deadline to address safety and scheduling issues.

Teamsters and CN reached a last-minute deal in 2017 that averted a planned strike. Canada, one of the world's biggest exporters of farm products, relies on its two main railways to move canola and wheat over the vast distances from western farms to ports. Crude oil shippers in Alberta have also used trains in the past two years to reach U.S. refineries as an alternative to congested pipelines.

The workers, who have been without a contract since July 23, say they're concerned about long hours, fatigue and what they consider dangerous working conditions.

 

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