The new contract follows an agreement in principle reached at the end of November, which ended an eight-day strike that nearly brought the railways to a standstill. MONTREAL — Teamsters Canada says railway workers have approved a three-year collective agreement with Canadian National Railway Co. Following the #9 of the negotiations, we met with the company in Montreal with the assistance of four (4) federally appointed mediation officers. We have not come close to a memorandum of understanding. The problems reported in previous negotiation updates remain unchanged. The company continues to make significant changes to Conductor Only and has refused to take into account our demands for improved wages, benefits and work rules, your work-life balance. MONT-AL, January 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shipyard workers and Canadian Railway (CN) attendants voted 91.3% in favour of ratifying a new 3-year collective agreement. The more than 3,000 workers are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). CN CEO JJ Ruest says he is “pleased to have reached the agreement,” which boosts wages and benefits and is retroactive to July 23, 2019. The three-year agreements, retroactive to July 23, 2019, provide for salary increases and performance improvements for some 3,200 conductors represented by the union that launched strike action in November 2019, severely hurting the Canadian economy. Teamsters represents nearly 125,000 workers in Canada in all sectors, including more than 16,000 in the rail sector. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which is affiliated with Teamsters Canada, has 1.4 million members in North America. CN does not recognize calm as a regulatory or safety issue.
If exhausted workers seek relief after work beyond the 10-hour limit set by the collective agreement, the company would first ask workers to “do the job now and file a complaint later” if they were unhappy. Under the new agreement, the company will abandon the “Work now-grieve-later” policy if tired employees try to rest and be relieved, meaning they would not be forced to continue working. MONTREAL, January 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) is pleased to announce that the Canada Rail Conference – Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY) union representing the company`s shipyard managers and crews in Canada have ratified their collective agreements with the company. The Teamsters would like to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again for respecting the workers` right to strike. The union also wishes to pay tribute to Labour Minister Filomena Tassi, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (CSMF).