CAW Reaches Tentative Agreement with CN Rail

January 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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The CAW has reached at a tentative agreement with CN Rail early this morning following a 48-hour marathon negotiation session. 

The two sides were facing down a strike deadline of Tuesday, January 25 at 12:01 a.m. Last night's around the clock negotiation session was one of several through out the past week.

"This is a hard won collective agreement and I commend the master bargaining committee for their perseverance and dedication to resolving the issues important to our members right across the country," said CAW National President Ken Lewenza.

The new contract enjoys the full support of the CAW master bargaining committees, comprised of four different bargaining units.  The CAW represents 4,300 workers in shopcraft (skilled trades), office and clerical, mechanical fields as well as owner operators (CNTL).

CN Rail local union leadership will come in to Montreal from across the country to review the deal on January 27, before going on to a series of nation-wide ratification meetings.

Details of the agreement will be released upon ratification. Ratification results will be released over the next three weeks.

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