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CN strike would be “debilitating” :CME

Published by Frank Defalco on February 05, 2014

OTTAWA - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)  is working with CN and the federal government to ensure that rail services are not disrupted during a possible strike by The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference — Conductors Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY).

“The importance of rail service cannot be understated CN’s rail services are paramount to the prosperity and long-term competitiveness of industry across this country, or indeed to the Canadian economy as a whole.  CN transports over $250 billion worth of goods annually.  A strike would have a severe debilitating effect on Canadian industry at a critical time in our slow economic recovery,” explained CME President and CEO Jayson Myers. “We urge all parties involved to resolve their differences and continue servicing Canada’s transportation needs.”

The union, which represents approximately 3,000 CN train and yard operations employees in Canada, has given the company 72 hours’ notice of its intention to strike the railway at 0001 hours Eastern Standard Time on Feb. 8, 2014.
Jim Vena, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: “Unfortunately, after only two days of discussions following the news that the Teamsters union had failed to ratify tentative agreements reached last October, the TCRC-CTY suddenly served a 72-hour strike notice to CN Tuesday evening. We plan to return to the table today with the assistance of federal mediators and will decide our next steps at the end of the day if we fail to reach an agreement with the union.”
Jayson Myers has written a letter to the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport detailing the concerns of CME members and the importance of resolving this extremely important issue before it affects the recovery of the Canadian economy.

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