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March 15, 2005 08:13 ET

CN says Canadian labour board issues decision on essential services


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FOR: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY

TSX SYMBOL: CNR
NYSE SYMBOL: CNI

MARCH 15, 2005 - 08:13 ET

CN says Canadian labour board issues decision on
essential services

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2005) - CN said today that
the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) has issued a decision
responding to the Federal Labour Minister's referral regarding
maintenance of essential services at CN in Canada.

As a result of the CIRB's decision, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference
(TCRC), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and
CN can now avail themselves of the right to strike or lock-out, provided
at least 72 hours' notice is given.

CN remains optimistic that it can secure new agreements with the TCRC
and IBEW without labour disruption, and it is talking to the unions
about dates to resume bargaining. The TCRC represents 1,750 locomotive
engineers, and the IBEW 630 signals and communications employees.

CN is committed to reaching agreements with the TCRC and IBEW, but will
maintain freight operations in the event of strikes or a lock-out.

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.

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