Canadian National Rail Strike Averted

Feb 6, 2014

Canadian National

Wisconsin farmers, loggers, and factories have avoided what could have been a major disruption in their operations. Many of them use the Canadian National Railroad, which faced a possible strike this weekend until Canada's government put the clamps on it. A union that represents three-thousand conductors, train workers, and rail-yard employees issued a strike notice early yesterday, after they rejected a tentative pact from last fall. Late yesterday, a new three-year contract agreement was announced. Reuters said the Canadian government pushed it along by threatening to use back-to-work laws to keep the trains running. Wisconsin is highly affected by what happens with C-N. That's because one of its mainlines runs on the former Soo Line-and-Wisconsin Central tracks from Superior to Stevens Point to Appleton to Milwaukee. W-S-A-U Radio of Wausau said a work stoppage would have caused major inconvenience and expenses in numerous Wisconsin communities, where trains ship goods like lumber, grain, crude oil, and cars.