Friday, March 19, 2010

Arbitrator awards CN engineers wage increases

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Canadian National says that an arbitrator’s award released Thursdayprovides three annual pay increases for 1,700 locomotive engineers represented byTeamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC)—a 1.8% wage increaseretroactive to January 1, 2009, 2.4% in 2010, and 2.6% in 2011. It alsoprovides dental plan improvements that go into effect on April 1, 2010.

Andrew Sims’ arbitration ruling setting the terms andconditions of a new three-year collective agreement expires on Dec. 31, 2011.

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"With a secure labor agreement in place, we will nowwork to re-establish a positive dialogue with the TCRC, focusing on issues ofcommon interest for the company, its employees and its customers,” saidClaude Mongeau, CN’s president and chief executive officer.

The federal government named Sims in December 2009 toarbitrate the CN-TCRC contract dispute, after the company and union agreedto further negotiations and binding arbitration of wages and benefitsif renewed talks failed. The parties’ agreement ended a five-day strike.