Tentative pact for CN, union

Written by Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor
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The largest Canadian freight railroad said that it has reached agreement following negotiations with a key union in its nationwide network.

Montreal-based CN announced a tentative collective agreement with Unifor Local 100.

Unifor represents approximately 2,100 locomotive and freight car mechanics, electricians and apprentices who work for CN across Canada.

“We are pleased to conclude negotiations with railroaders who are part of what makes CN successful,” said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive of CN. “This new agreement reinforces CN’s commitment to working together with our people and their representatives to address workplace issues in a mutually beneficial manner.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers.

The carrier said negotiations began October 5; the pact will be presented for a ratification vote. The current collective agreement expires at the end of this month.

No details of the agreement will be released publicly until the agreement is presented in a series of ratification meetings across Canada.

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