Negotiations are going well and have focused to this point on important working rules and working conditions. We also spent a lot of time discussing the Union`s proposals to improve the current “progressive disciplinary measures” in accordance with Article 8 of the collective agreement. The employer is sensitive to our concerns. The current measures are too punitive and include a three-strike system that could quickly trigger the dismissal of a member in the event of otherwise minor violations. We are working to implement new corrective provisions and reduce penalties. “We didn`t get everything we wanted, but we still came to a fair deal that keeps trains running while improving rail safety. This is good news for our members, the company and all Canadians,” said Teamsters Canada National President François Laporte. Unifor will meet with representatives of CN Transportation Ltd. (CNTL) and CN Labour Relations on February 25, 2019 in Montreal to begin negotiations for the renewal of our collective agreement, which governs more than 1,000 owner-operators-highways dependent on CNTL. Negotiations will continue until 28 February.
The dates of the negotiations are also confirmed from March 5 to 8 in Calgary, Alberta. The Unifor-CN Savage Alberta Railway (CNSAR) Bargaining Committee is continuing negotiations with CN this week at Unifor`s regional office in Edmonton from March 11 to 15, 2019. The negotiations were productive. One of the points on which the Committee focused was the improvement of working conditions on the emergency edges, ensuring that rest days were not interrupted and that replacement operations did not replace regular train operations. We also want our collective agreement to be numbered like the others at CN. Details of the provisional agreement have not been released. “I also want to thank all the local team unions from different sectors, all the workers` organizations and the members of the public who supported us on the picket line.” “When we went through this process, both sides expressed a sincere commitment to reach an agreement. as well as the obligation to be flexible,” she said.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the deal was won because his government trusted the parties by saying they understood the difficulties caused by the strike and were serious about negotiating an agreement. The new treaty focuses on safety, particularly with regard to crew fatigue and working hours. The deal was reached after an 8-day strike last November. “We congratulate and thank both CN and the Teamsters for staying around the table and reaching an agreement for the benefit of all Canadians,” Labour Minister Filomena Tassi and Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a joint statement. New agreement ensures long-term stability and improved benefits The government agreed to the deal as “further proof” that negotiation without interference “delivers the best results for Canadians and the economy.” “We would like to thank our customers for their patience and support and assure them that CN is preparing to resume full rail service as soon as possible,” said JJ Ruest, President and CEO of CN, in a written statement. “I would also like to personally thank our employees who kept the railway moving safely with reduced capacity.” Among the bargaining priorities set out in our membership of the CNTL are significant improvements in zone and motorway fares, improvements in disciplinary measures in the collective agreement, as well as insurance and benefits for operators who own CNTL. . . .