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."  CN (TSX: CNR)  (NYSE: CNI)  is a true  backbone of  the economy,  transporting  approximately C$250  billion worth  of  goods annually  for  a wide  range  of  business sectors, ranging from resource  products to manufactured products  to  consumer goods, across a  rail network spanning Canada  and mid-America. CN  -  Canadian  National  Railway   Company,  along  with   its  operating   railway  subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and  Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan  areas  of Toronto, Edmonton,  Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago,  Memphis, Detroit,  Duluth,  Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson,  Miss., with connections  to all points  in  North America. For  more information  on CN,  visit the  company's website  at  Forward-Looking Statements  Certain  information  included  in  this  news  release  is   "forward-looking  statements" within  the  meaning  of  the  United  States  Private  Securities  Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws. CN  cautions  that,  by  their  nature,  these  forward-looking  statements  involve  risks,  uncertainties and assumptions. The Company  cautions that its assumptions  may  not materialize and that current economic conditions render such  assumptions,  although  reasonable  at  the  time   they  were  made,  subject  to   greater  uncertainty. Such  forward-looking statements  are  not guarantees  of  future  performance and  involve  known and  unknown  risks, uncertainties  and  other  factors which may cause  the actual results or  performance of the Company  or  the rail industry to  be materially different from  the outlook or any  future  results or performance implied by such statements.  Important risk  factors  that  could  affect  the  forward-looking  statements  include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic and  business  conditions,  industry  competition,  inflation,  currency  and  interest  rate  fluctuations,  changes   in  fuel   prices,  legislative   and/or   regulatory  developments, compliance with environmental  laws and regulations, actions  by  regulators, various events which  could disrupt operations, including  natural  events such  as  severe  weather,  droughts,  floods  and  earthquakes,  labor  negotiations  and   disruptions,   environmental  claims,   uncertainties   of  investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments,  and other risks  detailed from time  to  time in  reports filed  by CN  with securities  regulators in  Canada and  the  United States.  Reference  should  be made  to  "Management's  Discussion  and  Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F filed with  Canadian and  U.S. securities regulators,  available on  CN's  website, for a summary of major risks.  CN assumes no  obligation to  update or revise  forward-looking statements  to  reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable Canadian securities laws.  In the event CN does  update  any forward-looking statement, no inference should  be made that CN will  make  additional updates with  respect to  that statement, related  matters, or  any  other forward-looking statement.  SOURCE CN  Contact:  Media Mark Hallman Director, Communications & Public Affairs (905) 669-3384  Investors Janet Drysdale Vice-President, Investor Relations (514) 399-0052