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·         CN, Teamsters reach deal to end strike 

·         CN strike drags on, hitting grain exports, fertilizer output

·         Cargill taking 'mitigation measures' during Canadian rail strike: spokeswoman



CN, Teamsters reach deal to end strike


By Allison Lampert, Reuters

via Canadian Cattlemen - November 26, 2019


Montreal | Reuters — Teamsters Canada and Canadian National Railway on Tuesday said they reached a tentative deal to end a strike at the country’s largest railroad that had entered its eighth day, disrupting supply chains across the country.


“We have a deal,” a CN spokesman said. The union said normal operations will resume on Wednesday morning across Canada. CN shares rose almost two per cent in morning trading.


Some 3,200 striking conductors and yard workers went on strike for eight days demanding improved working conditions, including worker rest breaks, at Canada’s largest railroad.


The longest rail strike in a decade has piled pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new government to intervene. On Monday, farmers facing propane shortages dumped wet corn in front of the prime minister’s local Quebec office and pleaded for the government to step in...





CN strike drags on, hitting grain exports, fertilizer output


By Allison Lampert & Kelsey Johnson, Canadian Cattlemen 

November 25, 2019


Ottawa/Montreal | Reuters — The prolonged strike at Canada’s largest railroad, Canadian National Railway, took a bigger toll on the economy Monday, forcing a fertilizer company to plan production cutbacks while grain exporters warned buyers they cannot fulfill sales terms.


At least 35 vessels are waiting at Canada’s West Coast to load grain shipments. An association of Canadian exporters has declared event of delay, allowing members to avoid contract penalties due to circumstances outside their control.


As the strike by some 3,200 unionized employees entered its seventh day, their union, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, said it was no closer to an agreement than it was at the beginning of what has become Canada’s biggest rail strike in a decade.


Striking conductors and yard workers are demanding improved working conditions, including worker rest breaks. The federal government has sidestepped calls by industry and farmers to force rail employees back to work, insisting collective bargaining will solve the dispute more quickly.


Hundreds of farmers protested in Quebec, demanding that the government take more action. Fertilizer company Nutrien said it was preparing to shut down its largest potash mine, at Rocanville, Sask., for two weeks effective Dec. 2 because of the strike.


Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp. which monitors the movement of Prairie grain for the Canadian government, told Reuters there were 25 ships parked in the Port of Vancouver and 10 anchored at the Port of Prince Rupert, in northern British Columbia.


Shipments from those ports supply international markets, including Asia.


Canada relies on CN and Canadian Pacific Railway to move products like crops, oil, potash, coal and other manufactured goods to ports and the United States.


Industry figures show that about half of Canada’s exports move by rail, and economists have estimated a prolonged strike could further slow already lackluster growth while costing the economy billions of dollars.


A CN spokesman said company officials continue to negotiate and called for binding arbitration, a demand the union has rejected thus far.


A spokeswoman for federal Labour Minister Filomena Tassi declined comment.


The strike, Hemmes said, is hurting shippers who are captive to CN lines as well as exporters who rely on CP, because many of the grain handling facilities at major ports are serviced only by CN.


The north shore of Port of Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet is home to a major potash and coal export terminal as well as grain terminals operated by Cargill and Richardson International that are normally serviced only by CN.


A “trickle of cars” from CP was reaching the grain terminals, but they are “for all intents and purposes shut down,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association.


In a statement, Cargill spokeswoman Connie Tamoto said the company had taken “mitigation measures” to ensure customer needs are met.


Richardson International did not respond to requests for comment.


Farmers protest ...





Cargill taking 'mitigation measures' during Canadian rail strike: spokeswoman


Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Reuters

November 25, 2019


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Cargill Ltd [CARGIL.UL], the Canadian arm of the U.S. agribusiness giant, has taken steps to ensure its customer needs are met during a strike at Canada’s biggest railway, Canadian National Railway Co, a spokeswoman said on Monday.


The strike by some 3,200 unionized employees entered its seventh day, leaving more than 30 vessels waiting on Canada’s West Coast.


“While Cargill is disappointed...