TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - Workers have overwhelmingly voted to take
strike action if necessary at both CN and CP Rail as negotiations with
the companies continue and the deadline approaches. The workers are
represented by the CAW.
Workers at CN make up three different CAW bargaining units and have
voted in favour of a strike if necessary, as follows:
Local 100 - 95 per cent
Council 4000 (office and clerical) - 82 per cent
Council 4000 (mechanical) -100 per cent
Council 4000 CNTL (owner operators) - 93 per cent
The CN strike deadline is Tuesday, January 25 at 12:01 a.m. The CAW
represents 4,300 workers at CN in all bargaining units combined.
Workers at CP, represented by CAW Local 101, voted 89 per cent in favour
of going on strike if necessary. The strike deadline is Tuesday,
February 8 at 12:01 a.m. The CAW represents 2,100 workers at CP.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said that negotiations with both companies
have been challenging so far with each demanding concessions of the
workers. "Our members have spoken loudly and clearly about their issues
and concerns and this high strike vote is a strong indication that our
members are absolutely serious in addressing these concerns at the
bargaining table," said Lewenza.
"Workers at CN and CP will enjoy the full support of the union as they
fight concessionary demands and secure a decent contract."
The bargaining committees at both CN and CP thanked the membership for
their solid support and remain determined to reach a fair and equitable
settlement on behalf of their respective members.
The voting took place in meetings right across the country over the last
week. Negotiations with both companies commenced in October.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
please contact Tom Murphy (CP only) cell (403) 813-4850, John Burns (Local 100 -CN) cell (604) 817-5556, Barry Kennedy (Council 4000 -CN) cell (780) 232-5766 or Assistant to the National President Bob Chernecki cell (416) 543-7084