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CN lays off 450 workers after shutting down Eastern Canada network

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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

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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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CN shuts down operations in Eastern Canada due to protest blockades

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image CN's shut down will include stopping and securing all trans-continental trains across its Canadian network.Photo – CN

CN yesterday announced it has initiated a "disciplined and progressive" shutdown of its operations in Eastern Canada until protest blockades on its lines in Ontario are removed, company officials said in a press release.

The shut down will include stopping and securing all trans-continental trains across its Canadian network, including intercity VIA Rail service. The Metrolinx and Exo commuter-rail services will not be impacted, CN officials said.

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Protest blockades prompt CN, VIA Rail to shut down rail service

CN announced yesterday it will shut down significant parts of its Canadian rail network imminently unless protest blockades on its lines are removed.

The blockades are disrupting passenger-rail travel as well as Canadians' ability to move goods and enable trade, CN officials said in a press release.

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CN honored as a 'top employer' in Montreal, Canada

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 2/4/2020 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image CN has been recognized as a "top employer" in Montreal for the fourth consecutive year, the Class I announced last week.The "Montreal's Top Employers" list by the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition honors local employers that provide "excellent" work conditions and benefits to employees. This year's winners were announced last week in the Montreal Gazette.An online profile details some of the reasons for CN's recognition, including free access to an onsite fitness facility at the headquarters in Montreal; an employee share purchase plan; the employee and pensioner-run Community Fund, which has raised more than CA$17.1 million over 10 years for Canadian charities; and the CN Railroaders in the Community program, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations that employees volunteer for.More than 3,000 CN employees live in the Montreal area, representing a large portion of the company's workforce.Also recently, CN was honored as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2020. Now in its 20th year, the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition evaluates employers across the country that offer exceptional workplaces, CN officials said in a press release.

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