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Canada CN strike could trigger layoffs at Halifax port as rail activity hits the brakes

21:25  23 november  2019
21:25  23 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

More than 3,000 Canadian National Railway rail workers on strike, union says

  More than 3,000 Canadian National Railway rail workers on strike, union says MONTREAL — 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 deadline. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, the union representing the employees, gave the required 72-hour strike notice on the weekend. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, the union representing the employees, gave the required 72-hour strike notice on the weekend.

Canadian National Railways © Ryan Remiorz Canadian National Railways MONTREAL — Canada's biggest railway says temporary layoffs are likely at the Halifax port due to an ongoing strike by its workers.

Canadian National Railway Co. says inactivity at the port means some rail employees will likely be placed on furlough if the labour stoppage — now in its fifth day — continues.

Workers at other ports may also be vulnerable to temporary layoffs as the railway runs at 10 per cent capacity.

Last week CN confirmed job cuts as it deals with a weakening North American economy that has eroded demand for railroad transportation, with a company source acknowledging 1,600 employees will be laid off from union and management positions.

Grain shippers worried about strike as feds urge CN and union to continue talks

  Grain shippers worried about strike as feds urge CN and union to continue talks MONTREAL — Grain shippers are concerned about the impact of a strike by about 3,200 Canadian National Railway Co. workers in an already tough harvest year. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference announced the work stoppage Monday night after the two parties failed to reach a deal by the midnight deadline. Conductors, trainpersons and yard workers were on the picket lines, halting freight trains across the country and triggering worries about lost sales and contract penalties among grain elevator operators and farmers."When you lose a day of shipping you never recover it," said Wade Sobkowich, head of the Western Grain Elevator Association.

About 3,200 CN rail workers, who have been without a contract since July 23, walked off the job early Tuesday morning over worries about long hours, fatigue and what they consider dangerous working conditions.

The federal government has faced mounting pressure to resolve the strike as premiers and industry voice concerns about lost profits and a propane shortage in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes.

Though the striking rail workers are part of the Teamsters union, the potential furloughs in Halifax would affect Unifor members.

The union did not immediately respond to request for comment on the furloughs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2019.

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The Canadian Press

CN Rail and union reach tentative agreement after week-long strike .
Workers walked off the job on Nov. 19 over concerns about long hours, fatigue and "dangerous working conditions.""Normal operations at CN will resume tomorrow at 6 a.m. local time across Canada," according to a statement from Teamsters Rail Conference.

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