Railroad Workers United: Special News Alert

CN Rail Slashes Jobs as Weakening Economy Cuts Into Freight Volumes
Thousands of CN Rail Employees On Strike Amid Contract Talks
— The Canadian Press

Propane Shortage Appears Largely Manufactured by CN
— Teamsters Canada

Strike Update

Thousands of CN Rail employees are on strike amid contract talks.  Workers say they’re concerned about long hours and dangerous conditions.

Over 3,000 conductors, trainpersons and yard workers walked off the job last Tuesday, November 19. Negotiations with CN are ongoing and the union continues to work closely with federal mediators.

“We are fighting for the safest workplace possible. We’ve lost nine of our members in various railway accidents over the past 24 months, including three from the group at CN that’s currently on strike,” said Isaak.

No substantive progress has been made on the union’s key workplace safety and health issues since the strike begun.

CN currently requires workers to operate trains alone, from the outside of the train, hanging on to moving train cars with one hand while operating a remotely controlled locomotive with the other. Railroaders are expected to do this in rain and in freezing temperatures, sometimes for distances of up to about 17 miles.  Fatigue is another major issue.  The union’s demands to cease these dangerous practices have fallen on deaf ears.

At the bargaining table, the company is trying to make it even harder for its workers to take time off.

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