CN's self-serving lockouts continue. No further talks scheduled.
MONTREAL, April 14 /CNW/ - Representatives of CN RAIL and UTU CANADA met
today in Montreal for five hours, following UTU members' April 10th rejection
of the tentative Memorandum of Settlement of February 24, 2007.
"Just as we feared, CN had nothing to say to suggest that there might be
any improvement in the rejected deal," said UTU CANADA's Vice Presidents Bob
Sharpe and John Armstrong.
On April 10th, 79% of UTU members who voted rejected the 1-year
Settlement which included a 3% wage increase, a $1000 signing bonus, and
removal of all CN's requests for concessions. Voter turnout was 70%.
The February 24th Settlement had been reached after the Government of
Canada threatened to bring in back-to-work legislation (Bill C-46).
"Today's talks were frank and courteous and they ended with no further
talks scheduled," said Sharpe.
"CN's self-serving lockouts of our members are continuing across the
country and Canadians should ask why CN Rail is shutting down rail service on
its own initiative," added Armstrong.
On April 11, CN Rail's CEO said that he wants employees "who are less
interested in pensions than they are in knowing that they have schedules."
"It is clear from today's talks," said legal counsel Brian Shell, "that
UTU has no choice but to turn up the heat in their selective and targeted
strike action, as the strike continues."
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