Teamsters Canada accuses CN and CPKC of avoiding serious negotiations

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The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), representing workers at Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), accuses both companies of not seriously negotiating to avoid a work stoppage. The negotiations involve renewing three collective agreements for about 9300 workers. The TCRC claims CN and CPKC want to eliminate safety-critical rest provisions, which the union says are crucial for preventing crew fatigue and ensuring public safety. The union emphasizes that safety is non-negotiable and criticizes the railroads for prioritizing profits over supply chain integrity and worker welfare. With negotiations stalled and a legal process towards a potential strike or lockout initiated, a work stoppage could occur as early as May. In previous strikes at CN and CPKC, the unions have highlighted issues of fatigue and rail safety.

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