The following update has been received from CN Rail regarding the negotiations with the Teamsters. We will revert as soon as further updates will become available.
Dear Customers and Supply Chain Partners, November 18, 2019
We would like to update you on CN’s collective bargaining with the Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference (TCRC-CTY), which represents approximately 3,200 of CN employees working as train conductors and railyard coordinators in Canada.
Negotiations continued throughout the night and early morning and will resume later today. We will continue to work with the TCRC-CTY in order to reach a fair agreement before the strike deadline of 00:01 hours EST Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
This weekend, we have been clearing our mainline to prevent trains from becoming stranded out on the network if a labour stoppage occurs. Similarly, as communicated last night, to keep our yards from becoming congested at the time of a work stoppage, as of this morning we have stopped pulling cars released from customer sidings.
In the event of a work stoppage, our customers and supply chain partners should anticipate significant disruption to our usual level of service due to our limited ability to operate.
We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and we remain committed to minimizing the impact on our customers to the extent that we can.
We will provide you with another update today at 16:00 EST. Thank you for your business and your continued partnership.
James Cairns, Senior Vice-President, Rail Centric Supply Chain and
Keith Reardon, Senior Vice-President, Consumer Product Supply Chain