CAW to strike CN Rail at midnight, February 19, 2004


CAW to strike CN Rail at midnight, February 19, 2004



CAW to strike CN Rail at midnight

TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Almost 5,000 CAW union members will walk off the job at Canadian National Railway locations across Canada starting midnight tonight.

The legal strike action comes after the conclusion of summit talks over the past 36 hours, aimed at finding a solution to the current contract dispute. Meetings ended at 7:30 pm EST in Montreal with no agreement in sight.

CAW chief negotiator Gary Fane said the union is ready to resume meaningful negotiations at any time. "Our one and only aim is to secure an agreement that can earn the support of our members," he said.

The CAW is the largest union on CN and represents diverse sections of the workforce, including shopcraft workers who repair and maintain locomotives and freight cars and perform safety inspections on trains; intermodal yard workers who transfer containers between truck and rail; customer service employees dealing with all CN's North American shippers; and clerical employees throughout the railway.

For further information: contact Abe Rosner at (514) 898-3400


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