MONTREAL, Que. — CN is activating its plan maintain operations across Canada after the Canadian Auto Workers union goes on strike tonight, reports CNN.
CN says it will operate normal freight schedules, with management staff performing key CAW functions. However, shippers may experience some delays, the corporation warns. The CAW represents approximately 5,000 CN shopcraft, clerical and intermodal yard employees in Canada.
CN and the CAW adjourned talks yesterday evening after the two sides, aided by federal mediators, could not come to terms on new agreements. Earlier this week the CAW said its CN membership had rejected three tentative agreements negotiated by the company and union Jan. 23.
CN has no plans at this time for further discussions with the CAW. The union’s current contracts expired at the end of 2003.
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