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16:41  18 november  2019
16:41  18 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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CN Rail declined to say how many consultants, contractors and managers face dismissal, saying that a “small percentage” of non-unionized workers were let go. Affected management employees were notified last Friday. The Teamsters Canada union confirmed it had not been informed of any layoffs

Canadian National Railway Co. is confirming job cuts as it deals with a weakening North American economy that has eroded demand for railroad The company, whose headquarters are in Montreal, said it is "adjusting its resources to demand" but wouldn't say how many people will be affected .

a large long train on a steel track: A CN locomotive makes its way through the CN Taschereau yard in Montreal on Nov., 28, 2009. Canadian National Railway says it is on track to move record quantities of western Canadian grain for the year after a strong June.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes A CN locomotive makes its way through the CN Taschereau yard in Montreal on Nov., 28, 2009. Canadian National Railway says it is on track to move record quantities of western Canadian grain for the year after a strong June.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

CN Rail has made the "difficult decision" to lay off an unspecified number of workers and take other measures to reflect demand.

A spokesperson for CN said some employees would be placed on furlough and management and union job numbers would be cut "due to a weakening of many sectors of the economy."

"These adjustments have already started to take place across the network," senior media relations adviser Alexandre Boulé said in an emailed statement.

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The layoffs affect managers, office employees and unionized rail workers in a range of positions across CN ’s network in Canada and the United States. These adjustments have already started to take place across the network.” Mr. Boulé declined to say how many jobs are affected .

CN Rail declined to say how many consultants, contractors and managers face dismissal, saying that a “small percentage” of non-unionized Affected management employees were notified last Friday. The Teamsters Canada union confirmed it had not been informed of any layoffs for its members.

"CN would like to express gratitude to the employees who will be leaving the company and thank them for their service."

He would not confirm how many jobs would be affected.

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The news was first reported by the Globe and Mail on Friday afternoon, citing a source that was not authorized to speak publicly. The Globe reported that there would be roughly 1,600 job losses in North America.

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According to its website, CN transports more than $250 billion worth of goods annually across its 32,000-kilometre rail network within Canada and the U.S.

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CN Rail declined to say how many consultants, contractors and managers face dismissal, saying that a "small percentage" of non-unionized workers were let go. Affected management employees were notified last Friday. The Teamsters Canada union confirmed it had not been informed of any layoffs

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The company says it has about 24,000 staff.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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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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