TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - CAW members at CN Rail have approved a new
collective agreement by 82 per cent overall, in a series of cross
country ratification meetings that took place over the last three
The new deal was reached on January 24 and contains wage increases in
each year of the agreement, increases to the health care spending
account for retirees, a signing bonus and a number of other benefit and
work life improvements.
The CAW represents 4,300 workers in various bargaining units - shopcraft
(skilled trades), office and clerical, mechanical as well as owner
The results are as follows:
CAW Local 100 -Shopcraft - 80 per cent in favour
CAW National Council 4000 -Office, clerical and mechanical - 87 per cent
CAW National Council 4000 -CNTL Owner Operators - 79 per cent in favour
Both local unions representing CN workers were pleased with the results.
"As always the case, this round of negotiations with CN was very
challenging," said National Council 4000 President Barry Kennedy. "I
want to thank our bargaining committees for their dedication and hard
work in achieving these new agreements. I am pleased with the results
and thank our membership from coast to coast for their support."
"The 80 per cent majority approval is a strong endorsement of the work
of the bargaining committee, which was able to enhance members' wages,
benefits and conditions of work with this new agreement," said CAW
Local 100 President John Burns. "Securing a commitment from CN on
apprenticeships and employee training was also critical in reaching the
agreement and its approval."
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
Assistant to the National President Bob Chernecki cell (416) 543-7084, John Burns (Local 100) cell (604) 817-5556, Barry Kennedy (Council 4000) cell (780) 232-5766