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Canadian National ‘in recovery mode’ after strike – UPDATE

Updated to include comment from Canadian National

Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) is “in recovery mode” following an eight-day strike at the railway by members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC).

CN said on Nov. 28 that it is implementing a recovery plan and staying in close contact with customers for feedback on operations. 

“CN remains focused on growth and is already in recovery mode as our employees return to their normal shifts,” said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer of CN. “Overriding emphasis will be placed on safety as we implement a disciplined and progressive ramp-up to avoid congestion that can overwhelm parts of the supply chain that are the most vulnerable.”

CN ran at 10% network capacity, and it will take time to return to pre-strike levels because of the backlog in rail shipments, the railway said. 

The strike by CN’s conductors, transpersons and yard workers began on Nov. 19. It had hit supply chains across Canada, bringing trade disruptions, goods shortages and layoffs.

Yesterday, TCRC said operations resumed at 6:00 a.m. local time across Canada.

The terms of the deal between CN and TCRC have not been disclosed, but TCRC said the agreement would need to be ratified by Teamsters members via secret-ballot electronic voting. Union meetings will be held across the country to explain the terms of the agreement to members in a process that will likely take several months, the union said. 

Ending the strike sent ripple effects across the supply chain. For instance, 70 members of the union Unifor had received notice at Autoport in Halifax that they had received layoff notices, but those notices have been rescinded, according to Unifor. 

Shippers said their operations were also affected by the strike. The Mining Association of Canada said the strike “was deeply felt by the sector.”

The association stated on a Nov. 26, “The impacts felt by the week-long strike resulted in costly disruptions for Canadian mining companies, many of whom incurred significant impacts over the last seven days, including lost sales and customers…These impacts will continue to be felt for the foreseeable future as it takes approximately a week to move the backlog created per day of disrupted service.” The mining industry accounted for 52.3% of rail freight revenues generated in 2018, the association said.

Saskatchewan-based fertilizer producer Nutrien said it would be shutting down its largest potash mine for two weeks starting Dec. 2 because of the rail strike. Even though the strike has ended, Nutrien still plans to shut down the mine, according to the Financial Post.

“It is extremely disappointing that in a year when the agricultural sector has been severely impacted by poor weather and trade disputes, the CN strike will add further hardship to the Canadian agriculture industry,” said Nutrien CEO Chuck Magro. 

Meanwhile, Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) said interchange traffic moving through Rouses Point, New York has resumed. Customers should expect some delays until service returns to schedule, Norfolk Southern said in a Nov. 27 operations note.

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Joanna Marsh

Joanna is a Washington, DC-based writer covering the freight railroad industry. She has worked for Argus Media as a contributing reporter for Argus Rail Business and as a market reporter for Argus Coal Daily.

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  1. Quote:
    “It is extremely disappointing that in a year when the agricultural sector has been severely impacted by poor weather and trade disputes, the CN strike will add further hardship to the Canadian agriculture industry,” said Nutrien CEO Chuck Magro. ”

    Blame CN & Their PSR hocus pocus

    SHIPPING NEWS: Rail disasters good reason for well-rested conductors
    November 27 2019
    Quote:

    “Lack of rest was cited as of one of the significant contributing factors in a February 1986 train collision in Hinton, Alberta. A CN freight train heading westbound, its crew having fallen asleep, missed a signal and collided head on with Via’s Super Continental. Twenty-three people were killed, and 95 injured. So significant was the wreckage, I can still recall the image of the stack of freight cars piled up that appeared on the front page of the newspaper the next day. I was six years old.

    I’m told in the aftermath of that investigation, CN went through a cultural shift that gave crews more opportunities to rest. That culture then shifted again under the leadership of Hunter Harrison, who saw those changes as an impediment to moving trains quickly and efficiently, and undid it all.

    Some called for the federal government to legislate an end to the strike, citing propane shortages. That didn’t prove necessary but would have been a bad idea regardless. Canadians should want hazardous materials transported safely, by well rested crews. ”

    End quote .

    In my humble opinion ………..

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