Monday, March 24, 2014

TCRC-CTY accepts CN “one last time” offer

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY) has accepted CN’s offer to enter labor negotiations for a contract settlement on the condition that final and binding arbitration will apply if the parties cannot reach agreement.

TCRC-CTY agreed to go to the bargaining table for the third and final time on Friday, March 21, 2014, the day after CN proposed binding arbitration to reach a contract settlement. CN’s move came after about 64% of TCRC-CTY’s rank-and-file members rejected a labor agreement negotiated on Feb. 5, 2014.

“I am very pleased that the Teamsters have accepted our offer to negotiate a settlement and, failing such, to submit our differences to binding arbitration,” said CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau. “We will meet with the union [this] week to re-engage the discussion. With a process assuring contractual certainty, CN and the Teamsters can continue working on the company’s recovery from an extraordinarily cold winter that hampered operations, and help our valued customers across Canada get their goods to market.”

The TCRC-CTY represents approximately 3,000 CN train conductors, trainpersons, yardpersons, and traffic coordinators on CN’s Canadian network. It is Canada’s largest railroad union.