100 CN jobs in Montreal could be heading to Edmonton, union warns
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MONTREAL -- The Canadian National Railway wants to move its rail traffic control centre from Montreal to Edmonton, the Teamsters said Friday.
More than 100 Montreal workers could be affected as a result, the union said.
CN has already started moving some 20 workers - who had just transferred from Montreal to Toronto earlier this year - to Edmonton, according to the Teamsters.
Lyndon Isaak, president of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, said not only do many Montreal-based employees not want to leave behind their loved ones, communities, language and culture, but CN also risks losing experienced employees with a wealth of railway knowledge.
Rail traffic controllers are the railway equivalent of air traffic controllers, the union said, who coordinate all railway traffic in a given region and protect the employees who work on the railways.
The Montreal centre controls the majority of rail traffic in Eastern Canada, according to the Teamsters.
CN, headquartered in Montreal, has not yet responded to the union's claims.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 13, 2019.