MONTREAL, Que.— Talks have broken down between CN Rail and the railroad workers' union, raising the possibility of a strike or a lockout by Oct. 28, said a Reuters report.
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), representing some 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic coordinators said the company rejected the union's offer to extend conciliation talks that ended on Oct. 7.
The union said the talks have stalled over CN's demands for concessions that would force workers to work longer hours with less rest time between trips. The union said the company's demands fly in the face of its statements about safety being a priority, said the report.
While CN said it does not comment on the substance of ongoing labor negotiations, the railway said that CN's bargaining proposals would not in any way compromise the health and safety of TCRC members.
CN also said it remains optimistic it can negotiate an amicable settlement with the TCRC.