UTU hits CN with renewed picket action
OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW/ - The United Transportation Union today announced
that its members have rejected the February 24, 2007 contract settlement with
CN Rail. UTU members are continuing their strike, with renewed picketing at
targeted CN locations across Canada in order to reach an improved collective
agreement. UTU has proposed to CN the collective bargaining resume without
The number of UTU eligible votes counted was 1,955. The contract was
rejected by 79.44%. Union members across Canada voted by mail between March 07
and April 09, 2007.
"Our members have spoken and the message is clear," said UTU Vice
President John Armstrong following the tallying of the votes. "They want a
better deal at CN, one that protects their rights, rights won over many years.
A settlement must deal with issues relating to the relationship - so that
trust can be restored for the duration of the next collective agreement. Our
members are concerned about their dignity on the job."
"All of us," Armstrong said, "union members who voted no and those who
voted yes, are united in our determination to get CN back at the bargaining
table to achieve an improved collective agreement. To underscore our
determination, UTU members will continue the strike by resuming strike action
- picketing at targeted CN locations, on a rotating basis - as part of our
effort to arrive at an acceptable contract."
Picketing resumed at 11:59 EDT April 10, 2007 in Vancouver and Oakville
and pickets will be up in Kamloops, Halifax and Sioux Lookout today. CN is
being notified in advance of such action as is appropriate.
The UTU has been engaged in a legal strike against CN Rail since
February 10, 2007 although picketing had been temporarily suspended during the
ratification period. The UTU has notified CN of the ratification vote result
and of the resumption of the targeted and rotating strike action.
The UTU invited CN to meet to bargain this morning to secure a new and
improved tentative agreement, subject to membership ratification.
Union officials said it was important to remember that the February 24,
2007 settlement was signed after the UTU was faced with the imminent threat of
Federal Back-To-Work legislation, Bill C-46, that included forced arbitration
under the rules of Final Offer Selection. That Bill has not been passed by the
House of Commons. The UTU says the Federal Government should refrain from
reviving Bill C-46 and should allow the parties to find a negotiated solution.
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