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February 23, 2007 3:00 PM, EST

Canada May Pass Law to End CN Railroad Strike

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Canadian Labor Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn introduced legislation Friday to force striking Canadian National Railway Co. employees back to work as early as next week, Bloomberg reported.The opposition Liberal Party supports the bill, which would end the strike at Canada’s largest freight rail line that began Feb. 10. The measure may become law at the beginning of next week, Bloomberg said.Workers went on strike after failing to reach an agreement to replace a three-year contract that expired Dec. 31, in a dispute over wages and work conditions. Managers have replaced workers to keep CN’s freight operations running.The strike has delayed shipments of coal, grain and auto parts, and has held up cargo at the port of Vancouver, British Columbia, Bloomberg reported.Earlier this week, the government appointed a mediator in an attempt to end the strike.(Click here for previous coverage.)