Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Maintenance of Way Employees Division Union Ratify New Collective Agreement with Ontario Northland

    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Ontario Northland and the Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference - Maintenance of Way Employees Division Union (TCRC-MWED) announced
today the ratification of a new collective agreement by TCRC-MWED's 182
members, with 89% of voting members in favour of accepting the new contract.
    "We are pleased with the result of the vote, but most of all we are
pleased that our members will see comprehensive changes in their working
conditions, wages and benefits which bring us in line with the industry
standard" said Larry Schiavo, Bargaining Committee Member.
    "I want to thank bargaining committee members Tony Onolack and Larry
Schiavo for their tireless efforts in obtaining an agreement that provides for
significant improvements for TCRC-MWED members" said Louis Wilson, Secretary
Treasurer of the TCRC-MWED. "This collective agreement, achieved without
mediation, shows that we can jointly reach resolve with the company to the
benefit of all parties."
    A three-year agreement provides for wage increases each year for three
years, retroactive to January 1, 2008, as well as substantial improvements to
benefits and work rules.
    "We are very pleased to have reached a new agreement, which benefits our
employees while at the same time, allowing us to remain competitive as we work
to meet the transportation needs of Northeastern Ontario," said Steve
Carmichael, President and CEO of Ontario Northland.
    The collective agreement covers 182 TCRC-MWED unionized employees working
in the area of track, bridge and building maintenance, at various locations in
Northeastern Ontario.
    A tentative agreement was reached on September 22, 2008 and ratification
votes took place on October 22, 2008.

    Ontario Northland, an operational enterprise of the Province of Ontario,
was established in 1902 and is a recognized leader in creating prosperity in
the North by providing innovative transportation and telecommunication
solutions. Operating primarily in northeastern Ontario, Ontario Northland's
enterprises include: the Northlander, Polar Bear Express and Dream Catcher
Express passenger trains; rail freight services; motor coach scheduled and
charter services; refurbishment services; and Ontera telecommunication

    The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Maintenance of Way Employees
Division is a strong and vibrant arm of Teamsters Canada, and represents the
men and women who build, inspect and maintain the infrastructure on the ONR,
CPR and almost two dozen other railways in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Louis Wilson, TCRC-MWED, (613) 733-4456, cell:
(613) 296-6887; Tricia Marshall, Ontario Northland, (705) 472-4500 or
1-800-363-7512 ext. 529, cell: (705) 845-8005

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