TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - CAW members at CP Rail have ratified a new deal
by 82 per cent in a series of cross country membership meetings that
took place over the last two weeks.
This new agreement includes increases in wages, benefits, retirement
incentives and language improvements around work rules and skilled
CAW National President Ken Lewenza offered his congratulations to the
bargaining committee for their hard work in securing a deal that was
overwhelmingly approved by members at CP. "This was a challenging round
of negotiations and I believe the deal we reached with CP makes
important improvements in the work lives of our members," said Lewenza.
In this set of negotiations, the union also faced the pending closure of
the Ogden shop in Calgary, Alberta. In order to lessen the impact on
Ogden workers, the union negotiated retirement incentives, severance
programs and work opportunities at Calgary's Alyth facility.
"It was a difficult set of negotiations, particularly given the
demographics and varying needs of the membership -ranging from new
hires to those heading into retirement," said CAW Local 101 President
Tom Murphy. "We were ultimately successful in meeting a great number of
CAW Local 101 represents 2,100 shopcraft (skilled trades) workers at CP.
The CAW reached a deal with CP on February 5.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
Assistant to the CAW National President Bob Chernecki (cell) 416-543-7084 or CAW Local 101 President Tom Murphy (cell) 403-813-4850