Four unions ratify new collective four-year agreement at Canadian National's Ontario-based unit Algoma Central Railway; contract provides workers general wage, benefit increases consistent with other agreements reached in 2011

TORONTO , October 7, 2011 (press release) – CN (TSX:CNR.to - News) (NYSE:CNI - News) announced today the ratification of a new labour contract by four unions represented by the Associated Railway Unions of Algoma Central. The unions are the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Maintenance of Way Division, Canadian Auto Workers, International Association of Machinists, and United Steelworkers.

Approximately 70 mechanical, engineering and clerical employees are covered by the four-year deal, which is retroactive to Feb. 1, 2010. The agreement provides union members general wage and benefit increases consistent with other agreements reached this year.

CN acquired the ACR, which runs north from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 300 miles to Hearst, Ont., as part of its purchase of Wisconsin Central Transportation Corp. in 2001.

CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.

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