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CN strike averted (May 18, 2005)

MONTREAL, Que. -- A strike by CN Rail workers was narrowly averted last night, after the railway reached an elevent...


MONTREAL, Que. — A strike by CN Rail workers was narrowly averted last night, after the railway reached an eleventh hour deal with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC).

“I am pleased that CN and the TCRC were able to resolve outstanding issues and reach a new collective agreement without labour disruption,” E. Hunter Harrison, president and chief executive of CN announced late last night.

The new agreement is for five years and is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2004. TCRC represents 1,750 CN engineers. A strike – scheduled to begin at midnight last night – would have disrupted freight service to many parts of Canada.

Two mediators helped the sides come to an agreement.


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