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We would like to update you on CN’s collective bargaining with the Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference (TCRC- CTY), which represents approximately 3,200 of CN employees working as train conductors and railyard coordinators in Canada.
As communicated earlier, the TCRC-CTY initiated strike action on Tuesday November 19, 2019. Without our 3,200 conductors, we regrettably have been forced to wind down our rail operations as we do not have sufficient qualified Canadian managers to safely maintain freight operations during this strike.
As a solution to end this unfortunate work disruption, CN is proposing the parties submit their differences to voluntary binding arbitration. We are prepared to present our arguments to a neutral arbitrator to end this dispute and we hope the union will be willing to do the same. Arbitration would return our 3,200 CN employees back to work, and as ONE TEAM, we could all continue to serve our customers and the economy.
Rail transportation is important to the overall economic health of Canada and to the general public who rely on the many products that are shipped by rail. CN welcomes the government’s assistance in finding a reasonable solution.
When an agreement is reached, we will re-establish the reliable service to which you are accustomed.