[Marxism] Canadian Rail Strike Continues
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Wed Feb 25 08:42:53 MST 2004
Ford Sends Home Workers
Amid Canadian Rail Strike
A WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE NEWS ROUNDUP
MONTREAL -- Major disruptions continued in the country's auto industry
Tuesday due to the strike at Canadian National amid union calls for work
disruptions at other industries that use the rail service.
Ford of Canada had to send home 3,700 dayshift workers from three
assembly plants in Ontario after some members of the Canadian Auto
Workers union refused to load and unload CN railcars in solidarity with
5,000 CAW members on strike at CN.
Ford's car assembly plant in St. Thomas, and pickup truck and minivan
plants in Oakville, west of Toronto, sent home its dayshift workers.
The CAW represents about 5,000 Canadian
National shopcraft, clerical and intermodal-yard workers in Canada.
CAW president Buzz Hargrove said he has met with Ford officials and
added that the union is trying to get all industries to avoid shipping
with Canadian National, including the auto-parts industry, mining, and
"We're encouraging all the industries we deal with to find alternate
sources of transportation during this dispute with CN," said
Ford also had to send home 1,450 assembly workers on Monday due to the
CN said the work stoppages are company decisions and added its railcars
have delivered the goods on time to the assembly plants and stand by to
take the finished cars and trucks.
In New York Stock Exchange composite trading, CN's shares finished
0.4% higher at $60.10.
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