CN and IBEW, System Council 11, announce labour contract ratification

    MONTREAL, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE:   CNI) and the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), System Council 11,
announced today the ratification of a new five-year collective labour
agreement by IBEW members at CN's Canadian operations.
    The agreement - providing improvements in wages, fringe benefits and
other benefits -- applies to approximately 700 employees who maintain CN
signals and communication systems across Canada. It was effective Jan. 1,
2008, replacing a four-year contract that expired on Dec. 31, 2007.
    Kim Madigan, CN vice-president of labour relations, said: "CN is very
pleased that this agreement has been ratified by the IBEW membership. This
resulted from good communication and commitment by the parties to resolve
issues early on through regular meetings. We believe this agreement benefits
both CN and the IBEW membership and reflects the foundation of a solid
    Brian Strong, senior system general chairman for the IBEW, System Council
11, said: "This new agreement provides five years of stability for our members
and will help to improve our members' quality of life. We believe that CN's
commitment to continue regular meetings and communications with the union to
resolve outstanding issues will strengthen our relationship."

    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

For further information:

For further information: Mark Hallman (Media), Director, Communications,
Media, CN, (905) 669-3384; Robert Noorigian (Investment Community),
Vice-President, Investor Relations, CN, (514) 399-0052; Brian Strong (Media &
Investors), Senior System General Chairman, System Council 11, IBEW, (306)

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