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CN Rail lays off some non-unionized workers in wake of record revenues

A Canadian National locomotive is shown in Montreal on February 23, 2015. Canadian National Railway Co. is laying off some non-unionized workers, barely two weeks after the company reported the highest quarterly revenues in its 99-year history.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway Co. is laying off some non-unionized workers, less than three weeks after the company reported the highest quarterly revenues in its 99-year history.

A spokesman said no locomotive crews or front-line employees were affected, but held off on explaining what prompted the move.

CN Rail declined to say how many consultants, contractors and managers face dismissal, saying that a “small percentage” of non-unionized workers were let go.

Affected employees were notified last Friday. The Teamsters Canada union confirmed it had not been informed of any layoffs for its members.

The Montreal-based railway earned a net income of $1.13 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 30, an 18 per cent year-over-year increase, the Montreal-based company reported last month. Revenues ramped up to $3.69 billion.

The windfall came partly as a result of $48 million in land sales and higher pricing for coal, lumber and petroleum and chemicals amidst an economy firing on all cylinders.

Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)

The Canadian Press