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Canadian National Strike is Over
USAgNet - 12/03/2019

Canadian National Railway Co hopes to recover from the effects of the country’s biggest rail strike in a decade before Christmas, and would even look at bringing back recently cut crews and locomotives, a senior official said/ The eight-day strike by some 3,200 conductors and yard workers at Canada’s largest railway delayed shipments of grain, propane and other goods.

According to Reuters, the stoppage over demands for improved working conditions and rest breaks ended on Tuesday as the company reached a tentative agreement with the Teamsters union.

“Hopefully sometime before Christmas we’ll be back where we should be,” Sean Finn, CN’s senior vice-president and chief legal officer, told Reuters, adding CN’s network was operating at about 10% of its capacity during the strike.

Some customers, Finn noted, likely “won’t see a difference immediately,” but he said the railway was working to catch up as quickly as possible.

Canada relies on CN and Canadian Pacific Railway to move products like crops, oil, potash, coal and other manufactured goods to ports and the United States.

Prior to the strike, CN said it had cut management and union jobs as it grapples with an economic slowdown. Finn said Thursday the company was considering bringing back crews and locomotives in the wake of the strike.

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