The CN Rail strike has ended. Workers are set to get back on the job starting at 6 a.m. local time tomorrow.
That sound in the air is the sigh of relief heard round the country: businesses that can once more get their products to market; hospitals that can stop rationing propane; and Liberal cabinet ministers who no longer have to order 3,200 picketers back to work.
Details of the agreement were not immediately available. The CN union says the results of a ratification vote should be available in eight weeks.
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