Strike action could be taken against CN as early as this Saturday

Strike action could be taken against CN as early as this Saturday 
Teamsters strike action against Canadian National could be taken as early as 
this coming Saturday 
LAVAL, QC, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Strike action against Canadian National 
could be taken as early as this coming Saturday. 
Since a recent meeting held between the parties, the union arrived at the 
conclusion that the rail carrier has no intention of abiding by the current 
collective agreement, namely with respect to fatigue management. It is thereby 
forcing the TCRC to issue a strike notice. 
"With its attitude, CN is endangering the lives of our members as well as the 
Canadian public," warns Roland Hackl, chief negotiator for the union. "It's 
something we cannot tolerate!" 
"CN workers ensure the transportation of hazardous substances and there are 
trains that cross the entire country through many communities," adds the 
unionist. "It takes only seconds of distraction for a derailment to occur. Our 
people are fatigued and need the rest that the agreements provide for. " 
The tentative agreement reached by the TCRC and CN last fall was rejected by 
61% of the train conductors, trainmen and traffic coordinators who took part 
in a vote.  Voter turnout was under 50% which is pretty typical in these votes. 
By violating the terms and conditions of the collective agreement, CN has also 
triggered anger among the workers. 
"A collective agreement is a legal contract binding two parties," adds Mr. 
Hackl. "The employer can't justify hundreds of violations a day by claiming 
bad weather. Our members have told us that they are under the impression that 
the employer has chosen to disregard what was negotiated in good faith by the 
parties." 
The TCRC still hopes to reach an agreement before the deadline. However, for 
that to be possible, the employer will need to be willing to bargain in good 
faith. The employer demanding a status quo agreement allowing continued 
violations of the agreements or they will shut down the entire railway and 
leaving the table after five minutes was not a good sign. 
The Teamsters Union represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The 
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is 
affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America. 
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SOURCE  Teamsters Canada 
Nathalie Mayer, Communications department Telephone: 450 682-5521 
Email:nmayer@teamsters.ca  Stephane Lacroix, Director of the Communications 
department Telephone: 514-609-5101 Email:slacroix@teamsters.ca 
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