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Oilseed processors comment on CN Rail work stoppage

November 19, 2019  By Top Crop Manager

As of 00:01 EST on November 19, 2019, a strike is in effect between Canadian National Railway (CN) and one of its unions.

Roughly 3,200 conductors, trainpersons and yardworkers are on strike, according to reports by the CBC, and the workers, who have been without a contract since July 23, say they’re concerned about long hours, fatigue and what they consider dangerous working conditions.

As a result of this work stoppage, members of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA) will be forced to curb production and unfortunately experience preventions and delays in executing customer contracts.


COPA members regret the situation which will be detrimental to processors, farmers and world-wide customers. Given the urgency of the situation, COPA is repeating its call for the government to take early action to bring a swift resolution to this work stoppage.

The Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA) is a federally incorporated non-profit industry association that works in partnership with the Canola Council of Canada to represent the interests of the major oilseed processors in Canada.


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