More than 2,250 members, who work as members of the National Council 4000 at CN across Canada, voted to ratify new collective agreements. Negotiating priorities identified by our membership in the CNTL include significant improvements in zone and highway rates, improvements in collective agreement discipline, insurance and benefits for CNTL owners. “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. 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. “I am very proud to announce the ratification of these agreements,” said JJ Ruest, President and CEO of CN. “I would like to congratulate the negotiating teams on both sides for reaching mutually beneficial agreements for our railway workers. These agreements will also increase shareholder and customer value as a step towards long-term work stability. The new agreements were concluded on March 31, 2019 and include a $1,000 signing bonus for active members, 2.5 per cent salary increases retroactive to April 1, 2019; 2.5% from 1 January 2020; 3 per cent effective January 1, 2021 and 3 per cent effective January 1, 2022.
There are also several performance improvements and increases in training allowances. The new contract expires on December 31, 2022. The Committee remains committed to getting the best possible deal and is working hard to ensure benefits. Negotiations are going well and, on this point, important working rules and working conditions have been concentrated. We have also spent a great deal of time discussing the Union`s proposals to improve the current `progressive disciplinary measures`, in line with Article 8 of the collective agreement. The employer is sensitive to our concerns. The current measures are too penalizing and include a system of three strikes that could quickly trigger the dismissal of a member in the event of otherwise minor violations. We are working to implement new remedial measures and reduce penalties. The Unifor-CN Savage Alberta Railway (CNSAR) bargaining committee continues negotiations with CN this week at unifor Es Edmonton Regional Office from March 11 to 15, 2019.