Union heads approve strike vote by CN and CPKC train crews

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The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, representing engineers and conductors for Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Kansas City in Canada, has initiated a strike vote from April 8 to May 1 due to stalled contract negotiations that began last fall. If approved, a strike or lockout could start by May 22. The railroads propose shifting from mileage-based pay to hourly wages and implementing predictable work schedules to comply with new rest rules. However, the union claims these proposals would reduce pay for some members, compromise safety by removing rest provisions, and eliminate seniority distinctions. Further talks are planned, but no progress has been reported. A potential strike could significantly disrupt Canada’s supply chain, halting the shipment of goods worth $1 billion per day.

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