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CN, NorFalco sign long-term pact to move sulphuric acid

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 1/9/2020 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image CN and NorFalco Sales have signed a new multiyear agreement that will provide freight transportation of sulphuric acid from NorFalco's rail-served production facilities in Sudbury, Ontario, and Rouyn-Noranda and Valleyfield, Quebec.The agreement furthers CN's strategic partnership with NorFalco by reaching new facilities throughout eastern Canada, CN President and Chief Executive Officer JJ Ruest said in a press release."Safety is a core value at CN as it is for NorFalco, and NorFalco has consistently won CN’s Safe Handling Award recognizing customers that meet strict standards for the safe handling and shipment of regulated products," Ruest said. "CN will continue working closely with NorFalco thanks to this renewed long-term partnership."NorFalco CEO Kunal Sinha said the CN agreement will also help his company expand strategically."This agreement provides NorFalco, and our customers, with a reliable rail transportation infrastructure, underpinned with a shared commitment to safety in handling and moving our product throughout our diversified customer base,” said Sinha. "We anticipate this agreement will further our strategic growth supported with manageable transportation costs."A division of Glencore Canada Corp., NorFalco is one of the largest merchant marketers of sulfuric acid in North America. The company markets and distributes about 2 million tons of sulfuric acid per year.

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CN: Network performance is back to normal

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 12/20/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image "We will remain focused on safety as we continue to clear the backlog caused by the work stoppage," said CN President and Chief Executive Officer JJ Ruest.Photo – cn.ca

CN announced yesterday that less than a month after an eight-day labor strike ended, the Class I's train movements have recovered to pre-strike ranges.

The strike caused CN's network to run at about 10 percent capacity. Every strike day can cause several days of backlog, requiring time for the network to return to normal operational ranges, CN officials said in a press release.

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CN to move rail traffic control operations to Edmonton

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 12/18/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image For efficiency purposes, CN rail traffic control operations for northern Ontario will be controlled from Edmonton, Alberta, starting in spring 2020, CN officials confirmed yesterday. "It should be noted that this office (northern Ontario) has been in Montreal only recently, since CN constantly assesses its needs and makes decisions on an operational and continuous basis," CN officials said in a prepared statement. "Fewer than 15 employees are affected by this change." In accordance with the labor contract in force, employees affected by the change have been notified of the change, they said. "We are currently in discussions with the union involved in determining the needs of these relocations," CN officials added. "Employees who do not wish to be relocated will be entitled to the benefits provided for in their collective agreement." Rail traffic controllers coordinate train movements across a given territory and protect personnel working on the tracks. CN currently has three rail traffic control centers in Canada: one in Montreal, one in Edmonton and one in Toronto. CN's statement followed Teamsters Canada's announcement last week that CN supervisors had been telling workers that the Class I plans to move its rail traffic control center in Montreal to Edmonton and that the railroad had begun transferring positions. Nearly all rail traffic controllers in Canada are represented by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). CN risks losing experienced workers since some employees may not be able to leave their communities, said TCRC President Lyndon Isaak in a press release.
 

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CN moving traffic controller jobs from Montreal to Edmonton, union says

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 12/16/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image Over the past several weeks, CN supervisors have been telling workers that the Class I has plans to move its rail traffic control center in Montreal to Edmonton, Teamsters Canada officials announced late last week.   More than 100 rail traffic controller positions in Montreal are at risk at the center, union officials said in a press release.    CN already has begun transferring 20 positions to Edmonton, Alberta, they said. Nearly all rail traffic controllers in Canada are represented by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC).   CN risks losing experienced workers since some employees may not be able to leave their communities, said TCRC President Lyndon Isaak.   “CN will end up losing experienced staff and their knowledge of the rail network, which could lead to dangerous situations for railroaders, track maintenance crews and the general public," Isaak said.   Rail traffic coordinators coordinate train movements across a given territory and protect personnel working on the tracks. CN has three rail traffic control centers in Canada: one in Montreal, one in Edmonton, and one in Toronto, which the company is in the process of closing.    The Edmonton and Montreal centers control the majority of rail traffic in western and eastern Canada, respectively, union officials said.   A CN spokesman did not return a request for comment prior to press time.  

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Product update: Friction modifiers and rail lubrication systems

PROTECTOR® X is L.B. Foster’s newest wayside unit.Photo – L.B. Foster Co.

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