CAW Leadership Unanimously Endorse Tentative Agreement at CN

January 27, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

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More than 100 top leadership from CAW Local 100 and CAW Council 4000 at CN unanimously endorsed today the tentative agreement reached between the union and the rail company earlier this week.

Top leadership from Local 100 (Shopcraft) and Council 4000 (CNTL, Intermodal, Office and Clerical) met last night and again this morning in Montreal, to review the non-economic and economic details of the tentative agreement.

In attendance at the meeting was CAW Canada National President Ken Lewenza, National Secretary-Treasurer Peter Kennedy and Quebec Director Jean-Pierre Fortin, who all spoke to the delegates and thanked them for their dedication to their membership across the country.

"Without the strong strike vote and dedicated bargaining committees from Local 100 and Council 4000, the improvements that are in this new agreement and past gains could not have been achieved," Lewenza said. "The corporation, up to the very end, demanded concessions in an attempt to take away the gains of the past." 

Lewenza commended Local 100 President John Burns and President of Council 4000 Barry Kennedy and both bargaining committees on their determination to reach a fair and equitable agreement on behalf of their members.

The ratification meetings for Local 100 and Council 4000 will commence on Monday, January 31st. Members are urged to attend these important ratification meetings, which will be held over the next three weeks.

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