CN and CPKC Teamsters provide strike mandate

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Thousands of railway workers at Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) have voted in favour of a strike that could begin as early as May 22, according to the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference. The union, representing 9,300 workers across three groups, reports overwhelming support for the strike, with votes exceeding 95% in favour. This comes after six months of stagnant negotiations on contracts that expired on December 31, 2023. The disputes focus on the removal of critical safety-related rest provisions, with CN and CPKC proposing a shift to modern agreements involving hourly rates and scheduling changes. As the parties enter a mandatory 21-day federal mediation, the potential strike looms large, threatening significant disruptions to Canada’s grain, potash, and coal exports. Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez has expressed concern about the impact on the supply chain and urged both sides to negotiate in good faith.

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