Unifor represents more than 2100 CN rail workers in Local 100 from across Canada and is in bargaining with CN to reach a new collective agreement.
Request for conciliation as talks continue
While your bargaining committee will not bargain in public, we are committed to keeping members informed on our progress at the bargaining table, though we are limited in how much detail we can share at this point.
We met with the employer for five days of bargaining last week and both sides tabled proposals, and counter proposals.
However, despite days of discussions, no issues were resolved and all the committee’s demands remain outstanding.
Given that we made no progress, the bargaining committee has filed a notice of dispute with the Minister of Labour requesting conciliation from the federal mediation and conciliation service.
However, the parties have agreed to continue to meet as bargaining dates are scheduled for the week of December 3 to 11.
The committee would like to assure members that we are working hard to secure gains for you and we will use this website to update you as often as possible.
We would ask all members trust that Rail Line and this bargaining web page as your best source for accurate information.
In order to clear the backlog of grievances and set the stage for productive bargaining, your Local 100 President and Regional Vice-Presidents met with CN Rail in Montreal on October 10 and 11 to begin resolution discussions on 450 grievances. On October 16 and 17, with the support of the bargaining committee, discussions continued in Montreal on October 18. We made some positive progress on the outstanding grievances and the parties began to explore their respective proposals.
The next round of bargaining is scheduled to take place in Montreal on November 12 to 16.
The Bargaining Committee remains determined to bargain the best agreement possible and we would like to assure members that we are working hard to secure gains for you. To this end, we do not bargain in public and we will use this website to update you as often as possible. We would ask all members to not listen to the employer for updates, or entertain rumours as this website will be your best source for the most accurate and up to date information.
Bargaining begins with CN
Bargaining for a new collective agreement began this morning in Montreal between Unifor and CN.
Unifor’s National President, Jerry Dias, Quebec Director Renaud Gagné, and Executive Assistant Scott Doherty joined the bargaining committee as both sides exchanged proposals.
Several dates have been booked to begin negotiations.
The last collective agreement expires on December 31, 2018.
“Our members are frustrated to see more and more repair and overhaul work, that they have historically done ending up being contracted out, so we have to address that and we have to see improved benefits,” said Dias.
“The bulk of our members are between 20 and 41, and they have young families, which is why benefits are so important,” said Terry McKimm, President of Local 100.
“The goal of these negotiations is to make gains in benefits and wages that address the needs of our members who work hard to make CN the very profitable company it has become,” said Gagné.
The bargaining committee would like to assure members that we are working hard to secure gains for you and we will use this website to update you as often as possible. We would ask all members to not listen to the employer, or entertain rumours as this site will be your best source for accurate information.
For more information please contact Myriam.Germain@Unifor.org