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Money 'It is so critical to the economy': Industry leaders urge Trudeau to end CN Rail strike

11:45  20 november  2019
11:45  20 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ’s new cabinet could find itself moving faster than anticipated to deal with anger in the West over challenging economic conditions, in the face of a rail strike that a growing number of industry leaders say could trigger layoffs and closures and cost

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a train on a steel track: There is pressure on the federal government to intervene in the CN Rail dispute before Dec. 5, when Parliament is scheduled to resume.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation There is pressure on the federal government to intervene in the CN Rail dispute before Dec. 5, when Parliament is scheduled to resume. Pressure is mounting on the federal government to reconvene Parliament ahead of schedule and put a stop to the CN Rail strike, as industry groups tally up potential losses resulting from the work stoppage and raise concerns about the harm caused to the country's reputation abroad.

About 3,200 conductors, trainpersons and yard workers walked off the job on Tuesday after negotiations on a new contract with the railway were unsuccessful.

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The Liberals are being urged to step in and end the strike by roughly 3,200 Canadian National Railway Co. workers, which began Tuesday after the workers and CN failed to reach a deal. Trudeau unveils his new cabinet on Wednesday ahead of the planned return of Parliament on Dec.

OTTAWA — The first order of business for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ’s new cabinet could be a decision on whether to intervene in a rail strike that a growing number of industries say could trigger layoffs, closures and cost millions.

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.

Talks continue between CN Rail and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, although the impact is already being felt by many industries that rely on rail service.

Leaders from a variety of sectors, such as agriculture and manufacturing, are urging the federal government to bring in back-to-work legislation.

Some chemical facilities began shutting down their operations as early as Friday in advance of the work stoppage, and the larger companies are losing more than $1 million per day because of the strike, according to the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.

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OTTAWA — The first order of business for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's new cabinet could be a decision on whether to intervene in a rail strike that a growing number of industries say could trigger layoffs, closures and cost millions.

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"This is very significant," said association president Bob Masterson in an interview.

The chemical industry provides supplies to other industries such as the mining, forestry and automotive sectors. Chemicals are also used by many cities to provide clean drinking water and to treat sewage.

Most chemical production facilities are unable to store more than a few days' worth of their products, which is why many had to halt production so soon.

There have been too many disruptions in rail service in the last decade, according to Masterson, because of other work stoppages and poor winter weather.

"This has to be resolved in a very timely manner," said Masterson, about the CN Rail strike. "Canada is earning a very poor reputation in its ability to serve the global market, and this isn't helping."

a train on a steel track: CN Rail carries about $250 billion worth of goods annually.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CN Rail carries about $250 billion worth of goods annually.

The strike is yet another headache for farmers who've already experienced a challenging year described by several as the "harvest from hell" because of weather ranging from excess moisture to drought.

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* pm trudeau should immediately recall parliament to end cn rail strike - twitter. * FARMERS NEED TO MOVE THEIR PRODUCTS TO MARKET NOW - TWITTER Source text for Eikon: here Further company coverage: CNR.TO (Reporting by Kelsey Johnson).

The various trade wars have also hurt commodity prices.

"We haven't had a good year overall in farming, and this just compounds what the issues have been," said Dave Bishop, who has a 3,500-acre farm near Lethbridge and serves as chair of Alberta Barley.

The timing of the strike couldn't be worse, said Bishop, coming during the tail end of the harvest when farmers are trying to sell their crops.

"We move quite a bit of product to the elevator, and if the elevator can't take our product, then we don't get paid. It's a snowball effect and if we don't get paid, it's not good for all of agriculture and rural communities," he said.

The disruption impacts a broad range of industries and could affect the availability of some products on store shelves at retailers across the country, depending on how long it continues.

The oil industry is closely watching the situation at CN Rail, since 60 per cent of crude-by-rail exports in Canada are transported by the Montreal-based company. Similar to when there is a disruption on a pipeline, the repercussions may be minimal if the strike only lasts a few days.

Teamsters say propane shortage is being 'fabricated' by CN Rail in heated strike

  Teamsters say propane shortage is being 'fabricated' by CN Rail in heated strike Teamsters say propane shortage is being 'fabricated' by CN Rail in heated strikeAs the strike entered its fourth day, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TRCR) said there are still hundreds of employees on the job operating trains, and that what those trains carry is a decision made by CN.

CN said in a statement " that the TCRC has initiated strike action, but added operations in the United States will continue operating despite the strike in Canada. (Reporting by Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa and Allison Lampert in Montreal; Additional reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Steve Scherer in

For its part CN says it is planning to eliminate jobs of both management and hourly employees in the face of declining rail shipments related to a gathering economic downturn. A strike could have a broad economic impact as the CN system is critical for the moving of agricultural products for export.

However, if it persists a few weeks, prices could fall as oil begins to back up in Alberta.

"If they get this thing settled within the next five to seven days, the impact should be pretty minimal," said Martin King, a senior commodities analyst with RBN Energy.

"If it starts dragging on beyond a week or 10 days, you'll start to notice more of an impact," he said.

a group of people holding a sign: Teamsters Canada union workers picket Tuesday outside the headquarters of CN Rail after the parties failed to resolve contract issues.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Teamsters Canada union workers picket Tuesday outside the headquarters of CN Rail after the parties failed to resolve contract issues.

Some companies will be affected more than others. For instance, Cenovus signed a three-year deal with CN Rail in late 2018 to ship about 100,000 barrels per day of oil to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

"We're monitoring the situation and understand that CN and the union continue to negotiate with the assistance of federal mediators," said Cenovus spokesperson Reg Curren in an email.

"We're working to mitigate impacts through other transportation options."

Parliament is scheduled to return on Dec. 5, which is likely too long a wait for politicians to end the work stoppage, according to Barry Prentice, a transportation economist at the University of Manitoba.

"That would be almost two weeks' time, and that would be pretty damaging," he said in an interview.

The strike will have the most impact in Western Canada, he said, considering its resource base such as mining, agriculture and oil. There will be a ripple effect to the trucking and marine shipping industries, too.

"The past history of the last 10 years has shown the government has not tolerated long rail strikes, and they really can't because it is so critical to the economy as well as to our reputation abroad as a supplier," Prentice said.

The company carries about $250 billion worth of goods annually.

Petroleum and chemicals account for 20 per cent of CN Rail's total revenue, followed by grain and fertilizer with 16 per cent and forest products with 13 per cent.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately recall Parliament to enact emergency legislation and resume operations at CN Rail.

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said the government is concerned about the impact of a work stoppage on Canadians, but remains hopeful the two sides will reach an agreement.

"We are monitoring the situation closely," she said.

Quebec farmers press Trudeau to take action on CN strike, propane shortage .
Tractors from Quebec farms rumbled back into Montreal Monday morning — this time to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's constituency office, where farmers demanded the government do something about the propane shortage caused by the CN Rail strike. Last Friday, a convoy of tractors rolled up to CN's head office in downtown Montreal, where farmers declared that their livelihood is being threatened by the propane shortage. This time, the farmers dumped bags of corn in front of Trudeau's office in Montreal's north end, demanding action.The strike by CN rail's 3,200 employees is now in its seventh day.

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