The federal government plans to order 1,700 locomotive engineers at CN back to work just three days after they walked off the job in a labour dispute. According to federal officials, the strike risks undermining Canada’s economic recovery, given that the ports of Halifax and Prince Rupert rely entirely on CN for train service and the company handles half of the rail shipments through Vancouver and 30 per cent of the service at Montreal. Workers and management have been unable to come to an agreement despite 14 months of negotiations.
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