Ontario Northland to keep running if CN Rail strikes
By Bruce MacKinnon
Friday, January 23, 2004 - 07:00
- Despite a possible CN Rail strike, Ontario Northland trains are still running today.
The trains travel between Cochrane and Toronto, using some CN Rail tracks, but an agreement between the two companies ensures the tracks will stay open regardless, Northland communications manager Judy Cardoni said Thursday.
“As of (Thursday evening) all trains are running and we have not been informed of any stoppages or line interruptions,” Cardoni said. “We have a contract with CN which ensures we have a line between Cochrane and Toronto that is usable.
“If they know of anything which will directly affect the line, they’d notify us, and we haven’t heard anything thus far.”
At press time, CN Rail was in last-minute negotiations with its 5,000 employees who work in the shops and motor yards, including clerical workers.
CN Rail spokesman Mark Hallman said the company intends to keep operating during a strike.
“In the event of a labour disruption, we have well-developed contingency plans,” Hallman said. “We intend to continue the operation of freight and passengers trains which utilize our network, including the Northlander. Passenger traffic would not be affected.”
Both sides in the dispute extended the deadline 24 hours, to midnight Thursday.
When the deadline came and passed, negotiators announced another extension.
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