CAW Members at CN Rail Overwhelmingly Endorse New Deal

February 14, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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CAW members at CN Rail have approved a new collective agreement by 82 per cent overall, in a series of cross country ratification meetings that took place over the last three weeks.

The new deal was reached on January 24 and contains wage increases in each year of the agreement, increases to the health care spending account for retirees, a signing bonus and a number of other benefit and work life improvements.

The CAW represents 4,300 workers in various bargaining units - shopcraft (skilled trades), office and clerical, mechanical as well as owner operators (CNTL).

The results are as follows:

CAW Local 100 -Shopcraft - 80 per cent in favour

CAW National Council 4000 -Office, clerical and mechanical - 87 per cent in favour

CAW National Council 4000 -CNTL Owner Operators - 79 per cent in favour

Both local unions representing CN workers were pleased with the results.

"As always the case, this round of negotiations with CN was very challenging," said National Council 4000 President Barry Kennedy.  "I want to thank our bargaining committees for their dedication and hard work in achieving these new agreements.  I am pleased with the results and thank our membership from coast to coast for their support."

 "The 80 per cent majority approval is a strong endorsement of the work of the bargaining committee, which was able to enhance members' wages, benefits and conditions of work with this new agreement," said CAW Local 100 President John Burns. "Securing a commitment from CN on apprenticeships and employee training was also critical in reaching the agreement and its approval." 

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