Canadian National Railway well within rights to contract out employeesNo qualified workers around to do the job, employer says09/23/2013|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/23/2013 THE UNITED STEELWORKERS union accused the Canadian National Railway Company of violating the rules in the collective agreement on contracting out. The union sought $2,000 in damages. In the summer of 2011, the company dispatched a "tie gang" to perform repairs on a section of track near Lillooet, B.C. While the gang included a machine operator tasked to work the tie crane, the group did not include anyone who was qualified to operate excavating equipment.However, the need for a qualified excavator operator soon became apparent in light of the degraded state of the track ballast (the gravel rail bed under the railway ties).The company engaged a contractor to operate an excavator to shore up the ballast. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.