CN Exec Steps Down; Canadian Teamsters go on Strike

Canadian National has announced the resignation of Michael Foster, its executive vice president and chief information and technology officer.

Foster plans to leave CN on Nov. 29. In a news release CN said Foster plans to move back to the United States to be close to his family and to pursue other career opportunities.

CN said Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rob Reilly will assume interim responsibility for the company’s information and technology function, while a global search for a permanent successor is conducted.

In an unrelated development involving CN, members of Teamsters Canada walked off job on Tuesday after failing to reach a new contract agreement.

It is the first strike against a North American Class 1 railroad in a decade.
Striking are 3,000 conductors, trainmen and yard workers. The Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference, which represents the workers and is CN’s largest union at CN, had issued a 72-hour strike notice on Nov. 16.

The union said negotiations with CN had reached a stalemate over health and safety issues.

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