Canadian ministers meet with CN Rail, union in effort to avert strike


Canada’s Big government sent two ministers on Monday to meet with representatives of Canadian Subject Railway and its largest union, as already hard-hit shippers pleaded for management intervention to avert a strike planned for early on Tuesday.

The threatened pelt by 3,000 workers with Teamsters Canada comes after CN, the sticks’s largest railroad operator, said on Friday it would cut management and club jobs, as it grapples with softer economic conditions.

Labour Preacher Patty Hajdu and Transportation Minister Marc Garneau were to happen on with representatives from CN and the union in Montreal, Hajdu’s press secretary Veronique Simard held, following a stalemate in contract talks.

CN said it believes a strike can be averted “with the succour of federal mediators,” after Teamsters declined to submit to binding attract arbitration.

“We expect talks to continue up to Nov. 19,” CN said.

Teamsters and CN reached a last-minute attend to in 2017 that averted a planned strike. Canada, one of the world’s maturest exporters of farm products, relies on its two main railways to move canola and wheat upwards the vast distances from western farms to ports. Crude oil shippers in Alberta possess also used trains in the past two years to reach U.S. refineries as an option to congested pipelines.

Urging Ottawa to intervene

Alberta wheat and barley commissions, epitomizing farmers, urged Ottawa to intervene, as they are already facing obstructive harvest conditions because of weather. “There are a lot of farmers who already bear a significant amount of their income trapped under snow,” declared Gary Stanford, Alberta Wheat Commission chair. “Now adding slander to injury, we’re looking at possible CN rail strike action too.”

CN was expecting diet lower fourth-quarter crude shipments from the third quarter, officials foretold on an Oct. 22 conference call.

“The minute they start shutting down tutors you start backing up the grain elevators and you start backing up stuff on the farmhouse,” Ward Toma, General Manager for Alberta Canola, said. “You start aid all that stuff up that not only affects farmers — but canola crushers send oil via railing, and canola meal via rail to the United States — you lose that capability faculty, you start backing things up.”

Toma says according to Alberta’s survive agriculture report, 20 per cent of the canola crop is still out in the fortes. And he says this is the time of the year farmers look to sell and pay their nibs by the end of the year.

“They’re busy, they still haven’t got the crop off and they are infuriating to move product.” 

Slumping commodity prices, congested oil pipelines and a discuss with China that has hampered Canadian agriculture exports hold pressured the economies of resource-rich western provinces.

Teamsters Canada spokesman Christopher Monette maintained the planned strike by its conductors, train personnel and yard workers give up because workers are “hitting a wall on issues related to health and sanctuary.”

“While we continue to negotiate in good faith and in hopes of avoiding a effort dispute, we have every intention of striking at 12:01 a.m. ET tonight unless an treaty can be reached before then,” Monette said by email.

CN shares were swap down 0.5 per cent in early afternoon Toronto trading.

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