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Canadian National says operations are normal despite strike

By | June 21, 2022

Railroad says it met or exceeded worker demands; union negotiator calls claim misleading

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Canadian National logoMONTREAL — Canadian National says it has “met or exceeded” the demands of striking Canadian signal and communications workers in negotiations, while the chief negotiator for those workers said that claim was technically correct but misleading.

Some 750 workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers walked out across Canada on Saturday. The railroad says in a press release that “normal rail operations continue safely” despite the workout.

That press release also includes a link to a letter to employees from Chief Operating Officer Rob Reilly, who says the most recent offer rejected by the union included a 10% raise over three years,  scheduling that will ensure two consecutive days off, and additional medical benefits. Union negotiator Steve Martin told the Canadian Press that the offers to improve conditions and compensation amounted to small increases.

CN is offering binding arbitration to end the agreement, but Martin said is the union is unwilling to consider arbitration. The two sides remain in contact, with the union making a new counteroffer on Sunday.

2 thoughts on “Canadian National says operations are normal despite strike

  1. So the union actually admits the CN met their demands…that’s exactly what they’re saying by admitting what CN said was “Technically correct”, it’s the main reason I use “technically” sometimes when explaining something…it’s still the reason and/or fact, semantics may be different, but the end result is the same.

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