CN says Unifor shopcraft members ratify new labour contract

MONTREAL, March 17, 2015 /CNW/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today that members of the Unifor shopcraft group representing 2,100 company car mechanics, heavy-duty equipment mechanics and electricians in Canada have ratified a four-year labour agreement.

The shopcraft group's ratification follows earlier ratification of 51-month term contracts by Unifor's clerical/intermodal, Savage Alberta Railway, excavator-operator and CNTL owner-operator members at CN.

Unifor represents 4,800 CN employees in four bargaining units at CN.

Jim Vena, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said:  "We are pleased that we have renewed the final collective agreement with Unifor in the current round of bargaining. This shopcraft agreement allows us to continue our efforts to improve efficiency and customer service."

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at



For further information: CN Contacts: Media: Mark Hallman, Director, Communications & Pubic Affairs, (905) 669-3384; Investment Community: Janet Drysdale, Vice-President, Investor Relations, (514) 399-0052


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