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Canada Alberta government calls on feds to resume Parliament to address CN Rail strike

19:57  19 november  2019
19:57  19 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Saskatchewan premier urges federal government to intervene in CN Rail strike

  Saskatchewan premier urges federal government to intervene in CN Rail strike Saskatchewan premier urges federal government to intervene in CN Rail strikeMoe says he has spoken to Transport Minister Marc Garneau and  Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland about the strike, which he says will jeopardize jobs in his province if it continues.

a group of people standing around a fire hydrant: Teamsters Canada Rail Conference workers on the picket line in Edmonton, Alta., amid a CN Rail workers strike. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.© Dave Carels, Global News Teamsters Canada Rail Conference workers on the picket line in Edmonton, Alta., amid a CN Rail workers strike. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Alberta's energy minister is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resume Parliament early to address a strike by Canadian National Railway Co. workers.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, the union representing employees, announced the work stoppage Monday night after the two parties failed to reach a deal by the midnight deadline. About 3,200 workers are off the job.

READ MORE: Over 3,000 Canadian National Railway rail workers on strike: union

Federal ministers 'focused' on collective bargaining to resolve CN Rail strike

  Federal ministers 'focused' on collective bargaining to resolve CN Rail strike Federal ministers expressed faith in the collective bargaining process and would not comment on the possibility of back to work legislation, as a national railway strike continued into its third day on Thursday. CN workers walked off the job on Tuesday bringing freight traffic to a halt across the country. The halt in service is preventing Alberta oil from getting to market, as well as keeping farmers harvests in storage instead of being sent to customers. Quebec Premier François Legault said Thursday that the province was running incredibly short of propane and would run out within four days if the strike was not ended.

In a statement Tuesday morning, Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage called on the federal government to step in and enact emergency back-to-work legislation for CN Rail.

"Parliament is scheduled to return on Dec. 5. Unfortunately, even this short wait could result in serious damage not just to the Alberta economy, but to the Canadian economy as a whole," the minister said in a media release.

"CN Rail regularly ships in excess of 170,000 barrels of Western Canadian oil per day. Any disruption in shipments would have serious consequences for an economy that is already dealing with severe bottlenecks due to cancelled and delayed pipelines. Alberta cannot see further restrictions on our ability to export our product."

Alberta's minister of Agriculture and Forestry echoed the call.

Nova Scotia could face propane shortage as CN strike continues

  Nova Scotia could face propane shortage as CN strike continues Propane distributors in Nova Scotia are concerned about supplies in the province as the strike at the Canadian National Railway Co. is about to enter its fourth day. While some propane is trucked into Nova Scotia, the majority enters on the CN rail lines.While some propane is trucked into Nova Scotia, the majority enters on CN Rail lines.

"Alberta farmers depend on rail to get their world-class products to market. We have seen the severe consequences of rail backlogs before. Farmers don't need the added pain from compounding rail delays, especially after this difficult harvest. Now is the time to act," Devin Dreeshen said in a statement Tuesday.

READ MORE: Grain shippers worried as CN Rail workers strike

A spokesperson with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said they are still in talks with CN in hopes of reaching a negotiated settlement and ending the labour dispute as soon as possible.

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.

"It's not about wages. The strike is about safety," said Matt Wade, who was on the picket line in Edmonton on Tuesday.

"The men and women at Teamster rail, the conductors here, we work 24/7, 365 days a year, evenings, days, weekends, all major holidays. We work in all weather conditions and we do this all on two hours' notice. We dedicate our lives to this company.

"We need more time at home with our loved ones. We deserve more time at home with our loved ones. We deserve to be able to be fit and rested for the safety of not only every Teamsters rail member here at CN Rail, but for the general public. We roll through every major urban city in Canada with dangerous commodities. We're the ones doing it. We're happy to do it. We want to do it. We dedicate our lives to this company, like I said, we just want a better quality of life."

Wade said the workers on the picket line have been receiving a lot of support from other unions and the general public.

With files from The Canadian Press.

Bibeau meets with Saskatchewan farmers, urges end to CN rail strike .
REGINA — Canada's agriculture minister is urging Canadian National Railway Co. and its workers to reach a deal to alleviate the impact the ongoing strike is having on farmers. Marie-Claude Bibeau delivered remarks at the Canadian Western Agribition show in Regina, where she also met with producers. She says she's heard from farmers about how the strike is affecting them. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has called on the federal government to intervene in the strike and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has requested Parliament be recalled to pass back-to-work legislation. Moe has said the strike cannot drag on because it will mean job losses in agriculture.

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