Unifor National Council 4000 represents nearly 3,300 railway workers across Canada, including workers at CNTL, Intermodal and CN Savage Alberta Railway. Five new collective agreements are under way. Four new preliminary agreements have been concluded with Unifor National Council 4000 and CN and CN Transportation Ltd in Montreal. MONTREAL, October 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced that truck drivers have ratified a recently negotiated collective agreement for CNTL, a CN subsidiary dedicated to container pickup and delivery. This four-year contract applies to 950 owner-operators who have contracted with CNTL in Canada, and is retroactive to September 16, 2019. We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement in principle for a new collective agreement on behalf of our 1,000 members at CN Transportation Ltd. (CNTL), who are dependent owner-operator truckers across Canada Bargaining committees met with representatives of CN and CN Transportation Ltd. in Montreal to formally begin negotiations on the Council`s five collective agreements; CN Agreement 5.1, NC 5.1 agreement in addition (intermodal), CN 5.4, CN Savage Alberta Railway and CNTL collective agreement. These agreements concern the 3,270 unifor members of the 4000 Council across Canada. The new agreements were concluded on March 31, 2019 and include a $1,000 signing bonus for active members, 2.5 per cent salary increases retroactive to April 1, 2019; 2.5% from 1 January 2020; 3 per cent effective January 1, 2021 and 3 per cent effective January 1, 2022. There are also several performance improvements and increases in training allowances.
The new contract expires on December 31, 2022. During the week, many discussions took place on key issues. The negotiating committee that has been discussed can raise important issues that affect members on a daily basis and strive to reach an agreement. Negotiations also focused on the ministerial regulation adopted on 21 December 2018 by Transport Minister Marc Garneau, in which he instructed railway companies to revise the work/rest rules for railway workers to ensure they are reflected; “the latest scientific and fatigue management practices.” Rail companies, including THE NC, will submit revision proposals by May 19, 2019, which are expected to be approved by Transport Minister Marc Garneau by the end of June 2019.