The BOC Blast 336 – ITN News – Teamsters at CN Rail Could Strike as Early as November 19

Around 3,000 CN Rail workers threaten to launch national strike in November

MONTREAL, THE CANADIAN PRESS, PUBLISHED 1 DAY AGO

CN Rail employees represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference voted last month in favor of a strike. RYAN REMIORZ/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canadian National Railway conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons have threatened to launch a strike in three weeks after six months of negotiations.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference disclosed Monday that its 3,000 members voted 99.2 per cent last month in favor of a strike.

A strike could begin at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 19, after the union provides at least 72 hours notice.

The union is trying to put pressure on the Montreal-based railway ahead of a resumption of negotiations with the help of federal mediators on Nov. 12.

The workers, who are mostly located in major urban centers across Canada, have been without a contract since July 23.

CN Rail lowered its forecasts last week by pointing to a deterioration in North American rail demand and a further slowdown in the economy.

“CN remains committed to working with the TCRC and is optimistic that an agreement will be reached,” a CN Rail spokesman said.