“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). Unifor National Council 4000 represents nearly 3300 rail workers across Canada, including workers at CNTL, Intermodal and CN Savage Alberta Railway. Negotiations are underway on five new collective agreements. 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.
“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. De Teamsters Canada – Montreal, November 16, 2019 – In the absence of progress at the bargaining table, the Teamsters Canada Railway Conference (TCRC) announced last night the intention to strike the Canadian National Railway (CN). The union hopes to reach a negotiated solution that its members can ratify and move forward without interruption of service. Teamsters Canada says it has reached a preliminary agreement with CN Rail to end a week-long strike and reach an agreement in principle extending the collective agreement for more than 3,000 railway workers. 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.
After the ratification vote that took place across Canada, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, the majority of CNTL members did not ratify their provisional agreement. . . .