About 3,200 CN conductors, trainpersons and yard workers across the country, who have been without a contract since July 23, walked off the job early last Tuesday morning over worries about long hours, fatigue and what they consider unsafe working conditions.
The Teamsters Canada president, François Laporte, praised Trudeau's Liberal government for allowing the workers to reach a negotiated settlement with CN.
In a tweet on Saturday, Tassi said the federal government, which has so far sidestepped calls to intervene and force workers back to work by insisting collective bargaining is the fastest way to solve the dispute, was monitoring the situation closely.
In a letter to the federal government dated November 23, Alberta-based petroleum transportation and processing company Inter Pipeline Ltd. said that the strike was already causing production slowdowns at its operations and could result in a temporary shutdown of its Redwater olefinic fractionator facility if the work stoppage continues.
Canada relies on its two major railways - CN and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) - to move products like crops, oil, potash, coal and other manufactured goods to ports and the United States.
The federal government resisted increasing pressure to reconvene parliament and legislate an end to the strike.
The company announced Monday that it will be idling its Rocanville, Sask. mine for two weeks starting on December 2, and that notification of the production curtailment had already been sent to employees.
Brendan Marshall, vice-president of economic and northern affairs at the Mining Association of Canada, said miners were facing hefty costs due to lost sales and plant disruptions and that it could take a week for every day of disrupted service to restore normal operations.
Premier Francois Legault compared rail transport to an essential service and called for a "mechanism" to avoid another propane shortage down the line.
Garneau dodged questions about potential compensation for certain sectors.
"Some of the farmers are being told that they can no longer expect to have propane to dry their crops, because propane has to be saved for priorities like heating the barns and heating the homes", said St-Pierre.
Tingley said the strike created a backlog in Nutrien's supply chain, which resulted in "lost export capacity that can not be immediately recovered".
There needs to be an agreement reached immediately to ensure there is no delay in getting our commodities to market. "This is crunch time for our cash flow and producers need to move grain to get paid". "Me or you? I think it's both of us", the conductor says. Prime Minister Trudeau needs to tell Canadians his plan to end the CN strike.
The railway cut its profit outlook for 2019 in October, saying a weaker economy had eroded rail demand.
CN shares climbed on the news, closing up $1.58, or 1.31 per cent, at $122.49 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.