December 19, 2019
Canadian National announced that its network performance has “normalized” to levels experienced prior to the work stoppage that affected the railroad for eight days.
The November strike of approximately 3,200 of the railroad’s conductors, trainspersons and yard workers left the network operating at just 10% of its total capacity. As weekly revenue-ton-miles (RTMs) dropped by more than 30%, the company accumulated a large backlog of shipments that would require weeks to work through.
According to a press release from the company, “every strike day can cause several days of backlog, requiring time for the network to be fully current once it has returned to normal operational ranges.”
“I’m pleased to announce that our focused and methodical recovery plan is working and that the performance of our movements has recovered to normal ranges. We will remain focused on safety as we continue to clear the backlog caused by the work stoppage, said CN President and CEO JJ Ruest.
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Source: Freight Waves