United Steelworkers

United Steelworkers

September 09, 2005 13:35 ET

CN and Steelworkers agree to forge new working relationship

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 9, 2005) - CN and the United Steelworkers (USW) announced today they have agreed to build a better working relationship.

The USW represents about 3,000 employees who maintain and repair CN's track, bridges and structures in Canada, including the former BC Rail.

Following a union-company meeting in Toronto, CN and the USW agreed to explore innovative ways of advancing their mutual commitment to safety, a core principle of both organizations.

E. Hunter Harrison, president and chief executive officer of CN, said: "CN had a fruitful discussion with the leadership of the USW, which is new to CN in representing the company's unionized engineering employees. We believe that forging a new relationship with the Steelworkers will help enhance CN's safety performance and improve our dialogue with USW members."

Leo W. Gerard, international president of the USW, said: "Workplace health and safety is a top priority of the Steelworkers, and our members at CN have a wealth of knowledge of railway engineering practices. We believe that the company will benefit from drawing more on our members' expertise."

Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

The United Steelworkers represent more than 280,000 men and women working in every sector of Canada's economy.

Contact Information

  • CN
    Mark Hallman (Media)
    System Director, Media Relations
    (905) 669-3384
    Robert Noorigian (Investment Community)
    Vice-President, Investor Relations
    (514) 399-0052
    Ken Neumann
    (416) 487-1571 or (416) 802-0607
    Scott Dawson
    President Local 2004