* Negotiations with mediator restart on Wednesday
* Contract expired end-December 2008
* CN hopeful of agreement without labor disruption
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Negotiators for Canadian National Railway Co (CNR.TO) (CNI.N) and its 1,700 unionized locomotive engineers will resume talks on a new labor contract on Wednesday, a company spokesman said.
The engineers, represented by the Teamsters union, have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2008. Canada’s federal labor minister appointed two mediators in June to resolve issues between workers and the country’s biggest railroad.
The two sides met in October but then adjourned talks until this month.
“We are optimistic that we can negotiate a new labor agreement for the 1,700 Teamsters without labor disruption,” CN spokesman Mark Hallman said on Tuesday.
He declined to say what the sticking points in negotiations were. The Teamsters were not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Nicole Mordant; editing by Rob Wilson)