CALGARY, Sept. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor National President Jerry Dias
joined the Unifor Local 101-R bargaining committee to open talks with
CP Rail yesterday in Calgary.
"Our talks open at a time when CP Rail is enjoying record profits and
share prices," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
"There is no question CP has the money to acknowledge the contribution
our members have made to the turnaround this company has seen over the
life of the current collective agreement."
Equally important is defining how the parties will conduct themselves
going forward. "Our members have been frustrated as a result of changes
to working environment, disciplinary procedures and the unilateral
manner in which the company has proceeded at times," said Dias.
Local 101-R President Tom Murphy was clear that there would be no
agreement if both economics and language issues are not addressed. This
includes having workers benefit from the huge productivity gains in the
last decade, of 51 per cent.
Dias said that CP workers will have the full support of Unifor's more
than 305,000 members as the two sides work towards reaching a fair
Unifor represents 9,000 rail workers across Canada, including 1,800 at
CP. The current collective agreement expires on December 31, 2014.
For further information:
please contact Unifor National Rail Industry Director Brian Stevens 416-567-8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org