Ag Stakeholder Responds to Rail Workers’ Strike Vote

Roughly 3,000 workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of going on strike over a new collective bargaining agreement. Almost 97 percent of the Canadian Pacific Teamsters voted to strike on March 16. Ag stakeholders like Nutrien are beginning to respond to the threat. “Nutrien relies on rail and a CP Teamsters strike could impact our ability to move potash, nitrogen, and crop inputs to our retail locations across Canada ahead of the upcoming spring application season,” the company says in a statement. “That could potentially reduce crop yields later in the year when the food supply is already stretched and cannot afford further negative impacts at this time.” The company is currently asking Canada’s government to intervene before this event can become another transportation crisis. The Fertilizer Institute mirrored those comments in a letter to the U.S. administration, asking officials to work with Canada on reverting the strike and eliminating the cross-border COVID vaccine requirements.

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