By Paul Vieira

OTTAWA--Canadian National Railway said Thursday it presented a revised offer to the Teamsters Canada that withdraws an effort to introduce predictable scheduling for workers, and pay based on hours worked rather than miles traveled.

The Montreal-based railroad said the union had rejected this change, so its new offer is based on the current agreement's existing parameters, and would continue to comply with federal rules on minimum rest periods of workers.

According to Canadian National, the company would schedule days off and pay a higher rate for any shift of over 10 hours. Workers would also keep their existing paid days off and vacation entitlement, and get pay raises of 3% this year and 2.5% in 2025.

Canadian National said the average conductor earns 121,000 Canadian dollars a year, or the equivalent of about US$90,000.

Teamsters Canada had not responded to a request for comment.

The union had previously said a strike at Canadian National, and Canadian Pacific Kansas City, could begin on May 22. However, no immediate labor disruption is in the offing as the federal labor-relations board needs to rule--based on a reference from the country's labor minister--on whether the railroads must transport certain goods in the event of a labor dispute. CPKC said Thursday this could delay any labor disruption for about two months.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

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