Union members authorize strike option at Canadian railways

Jan 13, 2011 | 11:29 AM |

Canadian Auto Workers members have voted "overwhelmingly" to authorize strikes against both the Canadian National Railway Co. and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., the union said Thursday.

The announcement comes as deadlines approach for talks between the union and both Montreal-based CN and Calgary, Alberta-based CP.

"Workers at CN and CP enjoy the full support of the union as they fight concessionary demands and secure a decent contract," CAW president Ken Lewenza said in a statement. "This high strike vote is a strong indication that our members are absolutely serious."....

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