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Canadian miners to hurt from CN rail strike

The rail workers’ union, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, announced months of negotiations broke down with CN “unwilling to address safety issues”. According to the union, CN currently requires members to operate trains alone from outside of the locomotive, hanging on to moving trains with one hand while operating a remotely controlled locomotive with the other. Railroaders are expected to do this in rain and in freezing temperatures, sometimes for distances of up to about 27km.

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Thousands of CN Rail workers hold first strike in a decade

Thousands of workers at Canada’s largest railway went on strike for the first time in a decade on Tuesday, disrupting the shipping of commodities and piling pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government. About 3,000 unionized workers, including conductors and yardmen from Canadian National Railway hit picket lines, after both sides failed to resolve contract issues at a time of softening demand for freight service. They will continue talks on Tuesday in Montreal amid union concerns over fatigue, safety and ensuring workers’ breaks aren’t reduced.

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Thousands of CN Rail employees on strike amid contract talks

The federal government has urged Canadian National Railway Co. and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to continue negotiating as the roughly 3,200 conductors, trainpersons and yard workers went on strike. Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said Tuesday the government is concerned about the impact of a work stoppage on Canadians, but remains hopeful the two sides will reach an agreement.

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Thousands of CN Rail workers hold first strike in a decade

A growing number of industries are sounding the alarm over a strike by roughly 3,200 Canadian National Railway Co. workers, warning the work stoppage will dent revenues and could trigger layoffs and closures. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference announced the strike Monday night after the two parties failed to reach a deal by the midnight deadline.

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CN rail workers strike may close mines

Today’s strike by Canadian National (CN) railroad workers will quickly lead to closures and layoffs at coal and oil sands mining operations, companies are warning.

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More than 3,000 CN workers on strike, shutting down Canada’s biggest rail network

More than 3,000 Canadian National Railway Co. train operators went on strike just past midnight on Tuesday morning, shutting down Canada’s largest rail network. The workers, represented by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, and CN failed to reach an agreement on a new contract after several months of mediated talks, the union said.

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The Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative aims to drive global environmental and social performance on tailings management

The tragic failure of a tailings facility in Brazil in January underscored the urgent need for safe tailings management, and the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is supporting the global mining industry in taking action to ensure that tailings are responsibly managed and catastrophic failures are prevented. The necessity of getting this right is paramount, as recent failures rightly bring significant attention to the mining industry worldwide.

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ACEC-Canada conference panellists call on engineers to help stalled resource sector

Canada’s engineers can play a big role in supporting Canada’s energy and natural resources sectors and breaking the current logjam in project uptake, delegates at the recent ACEC-Canada conference were told. Representatives of the forest products, petroleum and mining sectors gathered for a panel discussion Oct. 29 to discuss why projects in their sectors have stalled lately.

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