CN Rail strike reveals Sask. politicians on different tracks – CBC.ca

Saskatchewan·ON THE LEDGEThe CN Rail strike took centre stage this week on the floor of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, but the government and the opposition differed in how they want to see the strike end, says provincial affairs reporter Adam Hunter.Premier Moe asks for ‘immediate’ federal intervention, NDP calls for ‘fair deal’Adam Hunter · CBC…

CN Rail strike reveals Sask. politicians on different tracks – CBC.ca

Saskatchewan·ON THE LEDGEThe CN Rail strike took centre stage this week on the floor of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, but the government and the opposition differed in how they want to see the strike end, says provincial affairs reporter Adam Hunter.Premier Moe asks for ‘immediate’ federal intervention, NDP calls for ‘fair deal’Adam Hunter · CBC News · Posted: Nov 23, 2019 7:00 AM CT | Last Updated: November 23Workers at Regina’s CN rail yard on the picket line this week in Regina. (Heidi Atter/CBC)Two days after Canadian National Railway employees began strike action, a pair of urgent motions hit the floor of Saskatchewan’s legislature, illustrating drastically different ideas on how to end the labour dispute. On Tuesday, roughly 3,200 CN Rail conductors and yard workers went on strike across the country.Thursday’s question period was uneventful, but before proceedings ended Premier Scott Moe took to his feet and put forward an urgent motion on the CN Rail strike: “That this Assembly call on the federal government to immediately end the CN Rail strike through binding arbitration or back to work legislation in order to provide support for our critical agricultural, mining and energy sectors,” the motion said. The government did not need to give advanced notice to the speaker or the opposition, but did in this case. The NDP refused to support the motion as written. Instead, it had its own. NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon asked the assembly to recognize, “collective bargaining rights of workers,” and for CN Rail to, “urgently negotiate a fair deal and get Saskatchewan products moving to market.” Both motions failed to receive unanimous consent. Mere minutes after Wotherspoon sat down and the heckling subsided, Moe posted to Facebook and Twitter accusing the NDP of failing to “stand up for our vital industries.” Meili, who was pictured in the post and not in the house on Thursday, responded by calling the characterization, “misleading.”
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