Entries Tagged as ‘Labour & Strikes’

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 8:32 am

CN Strike and Accident Update

With workers in some areas on strike or locked out and others reporting for work, the union side of the CN strike seems to be in chaos, and now the Canadian labour minister announced plans to legislate an end to the strike yesterday. The previous round of strikes had a major impact on Canada’s trade […]

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 8:18 am

CN Workers Reject Deal, Begin Rotating Strikes

Oops. Despite their union reaching a tentative deal with CN six weeks ago, CN’s conductors and yard workers overwhelmingly rejected the deal in a ratification vote yesterday. The vote was nearly 80 per cent against. Rotating strikes are now under way, beginning in British Columbia.

Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Canadian Railway News Roundup

CN’s conductors and yard workers began returning to work earlier this week; CBC News and The Globe and Mail have some of the details of the tentative agreement and some background on the intra-union tensions (the Canadian branch may switch affiliations to the Teamsters). Final vote results due March 26. Let it never be said […]

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 8:27 pm

News Roundup: CN Labour Agreement, English Train Crash, Amtrak Collisions

CN and its striking conductors and yard workers reached a tentative deal yesterday, before the federal government could legislate an end to the strike (previously). The union is urging workers to return to work while the deal’s details are disseminated and voted upon. A train accident in northern England that killed one passenger and injured […]

Friday, February 23, 2007 at 5:13 pm

News Roundup: Norway Derailment, Ottawa Light Rail, CN Strike

Heavy snow derailed a Norwegian train between Bergen and Oslo on Monday morning; a second train sent in to assist got stuck in snowdrifts, so about 130 passengers were stuck on board for most of the day. No injuries. Ottawa’s light rail expansion project, killed in December, showed some signs of revival last week, but […]

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 10:02 am

CN Strike Update

Developments since my last post: the Industrial Relations Board turned down CN’s request to have the strike declared illegal, and now the federal labour minister is threatening back-to-work legislation unless the strike is settled some time today, CBC News reports. Update, 9:40 PM: That CBC link has been updated throughout the day with new information, […]

Monday, February 19, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Notes from the CN Strike

About 2,800 CN conductors and yard workers have been on strike since the 10th; here are some stories about the strike that have accumulated over the past week: A report by Brent Jang in today’s Globe and Mail notes the increasing impact of the strike on CN’s customers; CN is operating with managers at half […]

Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 12:26 pm

CN Conductors, Yard Workers Strike

At one minute past midnight this morning, 2,800 Canadian National conductors and yard workers represented by the United Transportation Union went on strike after last-minute negotiations failed yesterday. CN is trying to get the strike declared illegal; meanwhile, management is running trains. VIA Rail, Montreal and Toronto commuter services, and several subsidiaries are unaffected for […]

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Are GO Transit’s Crew Cutbacks a Safety Risk?

A CN engineer who used to drive GO trains explains the problem behind GO Transit’s move to single-engineer operations (see previous entry). According to him and to a union representative, fatigue — and therefore safety — is the concern, with shifts as long as 12 hours and with no one in the cab to trade […]

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 8:48 pm

CN Employees Give Union Strike Mandate

Reuters reports that CN’s Canadian shopworkers, clerical staff and truck drivers have voted overwhelmingly to give their union a strike mandate, but negotiations continue. The union would not be in a legal strike position until the 18th, and CN hopes to have an agreement in place prior to that date. CN’s U.S. employees are not […]