BLET members ratify CN agreement

Written by Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor
Illinois Central CN locomotive

Photo: Flickr/Nate Beal

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and CN announced that the 475 locomotive engineers on the company’s Illinois Central (IC) property in the United States have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement.

The contract, which runs through Dec. 31, 2019, provides wage and benefit improvements in each year of the agreement, in line with the national railway pattern, CN said.

“This renewed collective bargaining agreement once more demonstrates CN’s desire and commitment to work together with our employees and their representatives, in this case, the BLET, to address workplace issues, in a respectful and mutually beneficial manner,” said Mike Cory, CN executive vice president and chief operating officer. “CN is very pleased to have renewed the collective agreement with the locomotive engineers who work on the Illinois Central, which ensures uninterrupted service to our customers and the overall North American economy.”

Clay Craddock, general chairman of the BLET for the IC said, “This deal represents the collective efforts of the officers of the Brotherhood and of the Company. The engineers that voted ratified this agreement overwhelmingly. ”

 

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