Sunday, January 23, 2011

CN edges closer to strike situation

The CAW, which is representing nearly 4,000 workers for Canadian National Railway has served strike notice, putting in motion the prospect of a work stoppage by Tuesday of this week.

The January 25th strike date comes after unsuccessful negotiations between the union and the railway and with a declaration from the union that their membership is not prepared to accept any contract concessions.

CN provides the only rail service to the Port of Prince Rupert and through northern British Columbia, leaving the port and its various north coast terminals facing potential slowdowns of deliveries to the port, though the rail road says still believes a settlement is possible, but has plans in place in case the strike action moves ahead.

Opinion 250 out of Prince George had this report on the situation as of Sunday.

Update: The Vancouver Sun outlines the successful end to negotiations by Monday morning, bringing to an end the threat of a strike at Canadian National. Other updates on the resolution of the labour dispute came in from the Globe and Mail, National Post and Vancouver Province.

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