CN: Canadian Auto Workers Union Gives Strike Notice

MONTREAL — CN said the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union today gave the Company notice of its intention to strike the railway at 0001 hours Eastern time Jan. 25, 2011.

CN believes there is sufficient time for the parties to reach an agreement before the strike deadline.

CN has established a contingency service plan to operate the railway safely and as efficiently as possible in the event of a strike, with trained and qualified management personnel performing the tasks of CAW members.

The CAW represents approximately 3,975 workers in four distinct bargaining units at CN and CNTL (a subsidiary of CN) – mechanical, clerical/intermodal, excavator operators, and owner-operator truck drivers.

CN has been bargaining with the CAW since September 2010; the union’s contracts expired on Dec. 31, 2010.