Below is CN’s latest update on the status of their negotiations with the TCRC/CTY for the renewal of the four collective agreements covering CN’s mainline conductors and traffic coordinators.
“CN accepted the recommendation contained in Conciliation Commissioner Michael Bendel’s report, made public on September 7th, in an effort to avoid a strike or lockout. The union rejected the recommendation. As a result, Mr. Jacques Lessard, Regional Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, was appointed as Mediator to further assist CN and the TCRC in their negotiations and has been meeting with both parties to work towards reaching an agreement .
September 30th is the earliest date for a strike or lockout. CN still hopes to negotiate new collective agreements with the TCRC without a labour disruption, through discussions with the TCRC and the assistance of the Mediator. The earliest resolution to the outstanding issues is the best outcome for their customers, the Company and their employees.
CN Sales, Marketing and Operations teams have been working very closely together to develop a solid contingency plan in the event of a strike or lockout. An important part of that plan is to make sure that customers are kept well informed and to work closely with customers to find ways to ensure that you continue to receive the best service possible in the event of a strike or lockout.