Monday, December 14, 2009

CN dispute with locomotive engineers goes to arbitration

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Unresolved wage and benefits issues for 1,700 Canadian National locomotive engineers will be submitted to binding arbitration after renewed negotiations between the company and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) ended Saturday without a settlement. 

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CN and the union agreed, as part of the memorandum of settlement that ended the TCRC's strike Dec. 2, 2009, to third-party arbitration of wage and benefits issues if further talks failed to resolve their contractual differences. 

Canada’s Minister of Labour will appoint an arbitrator, who will have 90 days following the appointment to report to the Minister with a final decision on a new collective agreement. CN and the TCRC can resume negotiations at any time during the arbitration process. However, under the dispute resolution mechanism of the Dec. 2 memorandum of settlement, no further strike action is permitted by the TCRC, nor can CN lock out TCRC members.