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CN locks out picketing UTU members in Canada

NEWS TRIBUNE United Transportation Union members have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the Canadian National Railway Co. and have launched a series of rolling labor actions against the company. The dispute involves only the railroad's...

NEWS TRIBUNE

United Transportation Union members have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the Canadian National Railway Co. and have launched a series of rolling labor actions against the company. The dispute involves only the railroad's Canadian operations.

CN retaliated Wednesday by announcing it will lock out UTU members at facilities where picketing occurs. Reuters News Service reported that UTU members have established picket lines at several sites, including Vancouver, British Columbia and Oakville, Ontario, prompting CN to replace workers with management personnel at those locations.

The UTU represents about 2,800 CN workers. The 15-day strike in February disrupted shipments of Canadian products to the U.S.

That strike drew to a close when CN and UTU leadership signed a tentative agreement Feb. 24. But on Tuesday, almost 80 percent of members voting on the proposed agreement rejected it, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

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UTU leaders say the latest labor actions are designed to force CN back to the bargaining table.

CN management says it is willing to return to negotiations with the union, but no meetings have yet been set.

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