CN announces tentative labour pact with 600
employees in U.S.
Published: January 22, 2008
Source: Canadian Press
CHICAGO - Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR) has a tentative
labour agreement with about 600 employees working on former Illinois
Central and Chicago, Central & Pacific properties in the U.S. Midwest
and the South.
The four-year pact with United Transportation Union would renew, for the
first time, an hourly rate for conductors and brakemen on the former IC
and CCP. Montreal-based CN has hourly-rate deals in place for virtually
all of its U.S. train and engine employees.
If ratified, the agreement would be retroactive to Aug. 1, 2006, and run
through July 31, 2010. Other details are being withheld, pending the
results of a ratification vote due in mid-March.
"As both parties have learned through the last few years, this new type
of agreement improves our operations and service to our customers, our
employees' compensation and quality of life, and our relationships in
the field and at the bargaining table," Kim Madigan, CN's vice-president
of labour Relations, said in a release.
UTU International president Mike Futhey, who assisted in negotiations,
said the tentative deal "addressed a number of the concerns voiced by
the membership. In addition, issues beneficial to the membership will be
addressed in the established labour-management conference committee."
A meeting for local chairmen will be held in Memphis on Feb. 14 for
presentation of the agreement before the ratification vote.
Canadian National Railway and its operating subsidiaries span Canada and
mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico.
The UTU is a transportation labour union representing about 125,000
active and retired railroad, airline, bus and mass transit workers in
the United States and Canada.