MONTREAL – According to CN Rail, CN Rail has ratified a new five-year contract. The bargaining committees met in Montreal with representatives of CN and CN Transportation Ltd to formally begin negotiations on the Council`s five collective agreements; CN Agreement 5.1, NC 5.1 agreement in addition (intermodal), CN 5.4, CN Savage Alberta Railway and CNTL collective agreement. These agreements concern the 3,270 unifor members of the 4000 Council across Canada. Negotiations also focused on the ministerial regulation adopted on 21 December 2018 by Transport Minister Marc Garneau, in which he instructed railway companies to revise the work/rest rules for railway workers to ensure they are reflected; “the latest scientific and fatigue management practices.” Rail companies, including THE NC, will submit revision proposals by May 19, 2019, which are expected to be approved by Transport Minister Marc Garneau by the end of June 2019. Given that our collective agreement was negotiated to allow members to work on work orders that allow for a better work-life balance, we do not believe that the ministerial decree should influence our affiliation or collective agreement. We will provide further updates as the information is available. “This new contract demonstrates THAT CN is committed to working with our employees and TCRC to address employment issues in a respectful and mutually beneficial manner,” said Mike Cory, CN`s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “CN is very pleased that we have extended collective agreements with the TCRC, without affecting the service we provide to our customers and the North American economy.” The four negotiating committees of the Unifor Council are unanimous and determined to find the best possible agreements. We want to assure our members that we will work on your behalf to make gains in your work rules, wages and benefits. Following ratification across Canada, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, the majority of CNTL members did not ratify their interim agreement. The Union will address representatives of the CNTL-CN relations before the end of the week to discuss dates to continue discussions and to allay the concerns of members, who negotiated problems during the ratification process.
The five-year contract with teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), which runs until December 31, 2022, provides for an improvement in salaries and performance in each year of the agreement, in accordance with similar contracts in the sector, and changes work rules that were important to both THE NC and engineers. “Earlier this year, we established a new wage model for the rail industry and we are pleased to conclude these negotiations with agreements that ensure that our railway workers earn their fair share of wages and benefits,” said Jerry Dias, President of Unifor National. CN recognizes the support of Peter Simpson, head of the federal mediation and conciliation service, and his collaborators during collective bargaining. More than 2,250 members, who work as members of the National Council 4000 at CN across Canada, voted to ratify new collective agreements.
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