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Canadian National Railway strike ends, membership still to ratify deal

THE weeklong Canadian National Railway strike that halted shipments across Canada and into the United States, is over, reports Bloomberg

27 November 2019 - 19:00

THE weeklong Canadian National Railway strike that halted shipments across Canada and into the United States, is over, reports Bloomberg.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union said it reached a tentative deal with Canadian National Railway and normal operations will resume. About 3,200 conductors and railyard workers walked off the job November 19 over issues such as working conditions and drug benefits.



The deal must now be ratified by union members via secret ballot electronic voting, which CN Rail said in a statement it expected to take eight weeks.



The union thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for respecting workers' right to strike. 'Previous governments routinely violated workers' right to strike when it came to the rail industry,' said Teamsters Canada president Francois Laporte.



The walkout was the first in a decade at Canada's largest railway, one of the two main companies that haul cargo across the country, and had begun to take an increasing toll on the economy.



Industry groups had been pleading with Trudeau to legislate an end to the strike but the government had pushed for a negotiated settlement.



Montreal-based CN Rail carries about C$250 billion (US$189 billion) worth of goods annually, including 180,000 barrels a day of oil in September, according to its earnings call.


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