When the Teamsters voted on the agreement, 91.3% voted in favour. The group represents approximately 3,200 workers working for the NC as a driver, construction worker and train conveyor. MEPs led an eight-day strike last November after the first negotiations failed. « We are pleased to have concluded these agreements, » said JJ Ruest, CEO of Canadian National (CN), in a statement late Friday. CN did not contain details of the collective agreement. One of the provisions of the agreement calls on CN to abandon the TCRC`s « work now-grieve-later » policy. Instead of appointing employees to work beyond a 10-hour limit, employees can now book rest periods, the TCRC says. « Ottawa has consistently violated the right of rail workers to strike. But this government stayed calm and focused on helping the parties reach an agreement and it worked, » said Teamsters Canadian President François Laporte. Mike Cory, CN`s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said, « We are pleased to have reached this agreement with TCRC-CTY members. This agreement demonstrates the benefits of building relationships and we look forward to continuing to promote this relationship. Together, we have concluded this agreement without interruption of work, which allows us to continue to provide a quality service to our customers.
The three-year contract, retroactive to July 23, 2016, provides for salary increases and performance improvements for approximately 3,000 conductors. According to the Teamsters, the new collective agreement, which runs until July 22, 2022, addresses safety issues, with a particular focus on crew fatigue and work schedules. But the Canadian government will have to address rail industry fatigue in the future, said TCRC President Lyndon Isaak. Unifor Local 100 represents workers in the Canadian rail industry and motor vehicle loading facilities; Canadian National Railway, VIA Rail, Algoma Central Railway, Essex Railway, Hudson Bay Railway, Carlton Trail Railway and INC Canada Have a total distance of 49,422 kilometres, of which only 129 kilometres are electrified. Canada uses 1,435 mm (standard track) for most of its rail system. Exceptions are small, isolated lines from North America`s main rail network used in extractive industries such as mining or forestry, some of which are Toronto`s narrow-track, wide-track tram and metro lines. CN is a true backbone of the economy, with a team of approximately 23,000 railway workers transporting more than $250 billion in goods each year for a wide range of activities, from commodities and industrial products to consumer goods to a rail network of approximately 20,000 miles of roads that spans Canada and Central America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, with their operating railway subsidiaries – served the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans and Mobile, Ala, and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss, with connections with all points in North America. For more information about CN, please visit the company`s website at www.cn.ca. Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) and members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement, according to the groups. MONTREAL, August 8, 2017 /CNW/ – CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced that the Teamsters Canada – Conductors, Trainpersons and Yards (TCRC-CTY) Rail Conference The union representing the company`s shipyard executives and crews in Canada has ratified a new collective agreement with the company. The agreement also defines periods of shift work, calls for an 8% increase in wages during the three-year contract and makes some changes to workers` health and well-being plans.