MONTREAL, Que. — CN says it is bracing for rotating labour action as members of the United Transportation Union (UTU) rejected a settlement late last night.
Reports suggested 79% of UTU workers who voted rejected the settlement.
The tentative one-year settlement had brought an apparent end to the two-week long labour dispute on Feb. 24. However, the union said it would renew strike action against the railway if workers refused to ratify the agreement in a vote last night.
The UTU represents 2,800 conductors and yard service employees at CN.
CN is disappointed with the contract rejection announced today by the UTU. We believe the settlement was fair, equitable and consistent with collective agreements the company recently signed with another Canadian union, announced E. Hunter Harrison, president and CEO of CN. CN will work hard to maintain service for its customers during renewed labour disruption by the UTU. But our customers must appreciate the fact that CN service levels may be affected by the frequency, location and severity of the UTUs rotating work actions.
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