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.
Canadian National Rail Strike Averted
By Learfield Data-Wheeler News & Larry Lee-WSAU • Feb 6, 2014