Cn Rail Conductor Collective Agreement

The agreement defines positions as the beginning and end in the employee`s locker establishment or other agreed location, in order to determine when workers have paid time. Previously, the company counted commutes among staff lockers as duty time, which significantly reduced the time available to sleep. Trips to the locker system can sometimes take hours and federal work/rest rules only prescribe 6-8 hours of downtime between shifts. The new contract follows an agreement in principle reached at the end of November, which ended an eight-day strike that almost brought the railways to a standstill. The three-year contracts with retroactive effect to July 23, 2019 provide for wage increases and performance improvements for some 3,200 conformists represented by the union that went on strike in November 2019, which has a major impact on the Canadian economy. The new collective agreement expires on July 22, 2022. “Previously, Ottawa routinely violated the right of rail workers to strike. But this government has remained calm and focused on helping the parties reach an agreement and it has worked,” Laporte said. MONTREAL, Jan. 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conveyors, shipyard workers and flight attendants employed by the Canadian National Way (CN) voted 91.3% in favor of ratifying a new three-year collective agreement.

The more than 3,000 employees are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). “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 Fran├žois Laporte. Teamsters would like to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again for respecting workers` right to strike. The union also wants to recognize Labour Minister Filomena Tassi, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). They played an important role in the parties reaching an agreement. “We have been able to get CN to adapt some of its practices in the interest of safety. But the central problem of fatigue in the railway industry can only be solved through government regulation,” added TCRC President Lyndon Isaak. “The problem of fatigue is far from solved.” During the negotiations, the company tried to remove the collective agreement from its rest provisions while increasing the workload of the workers. The union prevented it. The union says the agreement improves worker safety and exhaustion, but Teamsters Canada president Fran├žois Laporte says the “central problem of fatigue in the rail industry can only be solved through government regulation.” Following the #9 update of the negotiations, we met with the Montreal-based company, with the help of four (4) mediators appointed by the federal government.

We are no closer to a memorandum of understanding. Issues reported in previous updates remain unchanged; The company is still studying the significant changes to Conductor Only and has refused to consider our demands for improved wages, benefits and work rules, as well as your work-life balance. “We are pleased to have reached these agreements,” said JJ Ruest, President and CEO of CN. . . .