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CN earns high honors in Canada's Top 100 Employers competition

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 3/9/2020 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image CN recently was recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition. The Class I earned the honor for the fourth consecutive year.CN was also cited as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2020 and one of Montreal’s Top Employers for 2020.Launched 20 years ago, the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes exceptional employers. CN is featured with other 2020 winners in an online profile that states the reasons the railroad was selected in those categories, as well as in a special magazine published in the Globe and Mail."We are so pleased that Canada’s Top 100 Employers has recognized our commitment to being a best-in-class employer," said Dorothea Klein, CN's senior vice president and chief human resources officer, in a press release. "Our people are what make CN an industry leader, and having a diverse workforce that reflects the fabric of the communities we serve and the stakeholders we work with is important."

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CN begins post-blockade recovery

CN announced today that it has started calling back most of its employees who were temporarily laid off in Eastern Canada because of protest blockades on its rail lines over the past few weeks.

The employees are being called back to work in the absence of significant blockades on its network over the past four days, CN officials said in a press release.

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Report: CN, CP collaborate to circumvent some rail blockades

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 2/27/2020 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image CN and Canadian Pacific since last week have been quietly sharing their rail lines to transport essential goods to communities in need during protest blockades of Canada's rail lines, the CBC reported Tuesday.Protesters have crippled freight and passenger rail traffic on CN's line for more than two weeks. The blockades have been organized in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Nation, whose hereditary chiefs oppose the construction of a natural gas pipeline through northern British Columbia.On Monday, Ontario Provincial Police arrested 10 demonstrators on CN's line near Belleville in order to get rail traffic moving. But, the CBC —  citing government sources — reported that a very "rare" collaboration between CN and CP resulted in CN trains circumventing the blockades using alternate routes, including some through the United States, to make deliveries of essential goods to Quebec and other communities facing shortages.Transport Canada and Transport Minister Marc Garneau's office approached the two companies and helped negotiate the rail-sharing deal, which remains active in parts of Canada still dealing with the blockades, the CBC reported.Garneau said the collaboration will not address the freight backlog completely, but it will help.

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CN lays off 450 workers after shutting down Eastern Canada network

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 2/19/2020 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image Last week, CN announced it initiated a "disciplined and progressive" shutdown of its operations in Eastern Canada until protest blockades on its lines are removed.Photo – cn.ca

CN is temporarily laying off about 450 employees in its Eastern Canada operations after canceling more than 400 trains over the past week in response to protest blockades along its rail line, Canadian news media reported yesterday.

The layoffs will affect operational staff, including employees working at Autoport in Eastern Passage, Moncton, Charny and Montreal, according to news reports.

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CN supports Garneau's train speed amendment

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 2/18/2020 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image We are committed to working over the next several weeks with Transport Canada on recommendations to increase overall safety by reducing derailments," said CN President and Chief Executive Officer JJ Ruest.Photo – cn.ca

CN officials announced the company supports the decision by Canada's Transport Minister Marc Garneau to amend his Feb. 7 order that restricted the speed of trains hauling dangerous goods on all of the nation's railway networks.

The initial order reduced by at least a third CN's overall network capacity for all trains, even those not carrying dangerous goods, CN officials said in a press release.

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