CN workers reject deal; set new strike deadline

MONTREAL, (Feb 17, 2004) — The Canadian Auto Workers union, representing about 5,000 Canadian National Railway workers, has rejected three tentative agreements it reached with the company last month.

The CAW delivered a strike deadline of Feb. 20 if a new deal for CN’s shopcraft, clerical, and intermodal yard workers can’t be reached. The two parties averted an original strike when they agreed to tentative agreements on Jan. 23, 2004. But the union workers did not ratify the deal. The union previously indicated wages, pensions, and shift work were the key issues in the contract negotiations.

CN maintains it has contingency plans to ensure freight and commuter operations would not be severely affected by a strike.

— From Reuters

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