Teamsters warn of possible strike or lockout at CN Rail on Oct. 28
The Teamsters union is warning of a potential strike or lockout at CN Rail starting on Oct. 28.
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said in a statement Monday that its offer to continue a conciliation effort, which ended Oct. 7, has been rejected.
The union represents some 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic co-ordinators at CN (TSX:CNR).
Spokesman Roland Hackl says the union is ``extremely disappointed`` by CN's refusal to extendmediation to forge a contract to replace one that expired July 22.
A CN spokesman says the company is optimistic it can reach a settlement with the union ``to avoidlabour disruption in Canada,'' adding the earliest date for a strike or lockout is one minute after midnight on Oct. 29.
Mark Hallman said in an email Tuesday that the two sides are scheduled to resume collective bargaining on Oct. 21, with the help of federally appointed mediators.