CN receives strike notice from union representing train conductors in Canada

 CN receives strike notice from union representing train conductors in Canada

PR Newswire

MONTREAL, Feb. 5, 2014

Earliest Teamsters could strike CN is Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 0001 hours

MONTREAL, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) said today the
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons
(TCRC-CTY), which represents approximately 3,000 CN train and yard operations
employees in Canada, has given the company 72 hours' notice of its intention
to strike the railway at 0001 hours Eastern Standard Time on Feb. 8, 2014.

Jim Vena, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said:
"Unfortunately, after only two days of discussions following the news that the
Teamsters union had failed to ratify tentative agreements reached last
October, the TCRC-CTY suddenly served a 72-hour strike notice to CN Tuesday
evening. We plan to return to the table today with the assistance of federal
mediators and will decide our next steps at the end of the day if we fail to
reach an agreement with the union."

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consumer goods, across a  rail network spanning Canada  and mid-America. CN  - 
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subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C.,
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SOURCE CN

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