1/24/2011 10:00:00 AM
Union Still Plans Canadian Pacific Strike Feb. 8.
Canadian National Railway Co. reached a contract deal with the Canadian Auto Workers union Monday and the union dropped its threat to strike Tuesday, Reuters reported.
In a statement, CN said the deal was tentative and that it would announce the deal after ratification, which CAW expects before the end of February.
CAW represents about 4,300 workers at CN and a subsidiary, including truck drivers at intermodal terminals.
CAW had announced Jan. 13 that it may strike at CN, Canadaâ€™s largest railway, as soon as Tuesday. The contract with CN and Canadian Pacific Railway ended Dec. 31 and negotiations since then had not resulted in a new contract before Monday.
Monday’s agreement only applies to workers at CN. The union said it would strike at CP as early as Feb. 8 if it did not reach a deal with that railway.
The strikes would not affect both railwaysâ€™ operations in the United States, as those workers are under a different contract.
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