OTTAWA, Ont. — As expected, the federal government approved legislation yesterday that will force CN Rail employees back to work.
The bill was passed in the House of Commons by a vote of 196 to 41. The United Transportation Union voiced its displeasure with the result, saying it will continue to battle CN.
“This Bill appears to be intended to pave the way for CN Rail to attack our rights. They want to break up our bargaining unit in order to weaken the workers ability to stop management from pushing older workers out of the way and manipulating work rules and schedules at workers’ expense,” UTU vice-president John Armstrong said in a release.
CN has announced a national contract with UTU is not possible. It instead favours negotiating regional deals.
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