Canadian National (CN) train and yard officers finally ratified the tentative agreement that had been reached with the employer following an eight-day strike last November.
The approximately 3,000 Canadian National Railway chiefs, trainers and marshals, members of the Teamsters union, voted 91.3% in favor of the new employment contract .
Safety issues were at the heart of the dispute, according to the Teamsters, who claim that the new agreement does focus on these issues, including worker fatigue.
The central problem of fatigue in the railway industry can only be solved by government regulations , they conclude, however.
We did not get everything we wanted, but we still managed to reach a fair deal that allows trains to continue running while improving rail safety. This is good news for our members, the company and all Canadians.
The new contract, which will last three years until July 2022, provides for wage increases of 2.5%, then 2.5% and 3%, with retroactivity as of July 23, 2019. Unionized workers will also receive a bonus $ 1,000 to ratify the contract, the union said on Friday.
The strike had caused a lot of talk because of the shortage of propane it had caused, much to the chagrin of grain producers who had to dry their crops in November, before winter. Similarly, establishments that heated with propane feared the worst.
The Teamsters union in Quebec is affiliated with the FTQ. In Canada, it represents 125,000 members, including 16,000 in the rail industry.