Some 3,000 CN Rail unionized workers threaten national strike on Nov. 19
In this file photo, a CN Rail diesel electric locomotive moves through the rail yard in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, March 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Published Monday, October 28, 2019 2:38PM EDT
MONTREAL - Canadian National Railways conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons have threatened to launch a strike in three weeks after six months of negotiations.
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference disclosed Monday that its 3,000 members voted 99.2 per cent last month in favour of a strike.
A strike could begin at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 19, after the union provides at least 72 hours' notice.
The union is trying to put pressure on the Montreal-based railway ahead of a resumption of negotiations with the help of federal mediators on Nov. 12.
The workers, who are mostly located in major urban centres across Canada, have been without a contract since July 23.
CN Rail lowered its forecasts last week by pointing to a deterioration in North American rail demand and a further slowdown in the economy