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Unifor Local 100 VIA Rail members ratify new collective agreement

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May 15, 2021 - 12:00 AM

May 15, 2021
TORONTO – Members of Unifor Local 100 have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with VIA Rail that will continue to build on gains for a prosperous future.

Unifor entered negotiations at the height of the pandemic, working relentlessly to secure an increase of pay and benefits for workers.

“Our members have been working hard throughout the pandemic to assist in the safe transportation of people. We owed it to them to get a comprehensive deal that they could confidently rely on during these unprecedented times,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

The new two-year contract covers approximately 700 workers responsible for inspecting and maintaining VIA Rail cars. Highlights include a $1,000 lump sum, a two per cent wage increase for all workers, increased pension contributions for members of the hybrid plan, and new and improved benefits.

“The ratification of this agreement is a testament to Unifor’s commitment to our members,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director. “Despite industry challenges related to the pandemic, the bargaining committee was able to deliver a new agreement that addresses key worker concerns and moves our members forward.”

The new contract also benefits members and their families by ensuring improvements to life insurance premiums, pensions, and additional coverage for dependents.

The path towards ratification was unique Zoltan Czippel, Unifor Local 100 President, shared.

“Due to COVID-19, our members voted for the first time through an online system,” said Czippel. “I’m pleased that the members have voted to accept and will continue to deliver the high-quality service that passengers rely on.”

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange a Skype, Zoom or Facetime interview please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or
416-896-3303 (cell).

For French interviews, please contact Unifor Quebec Communications Representative, Marie-Andrée L'Heureux at marie-andree.lheureux@unifor.org or 514-916-7373 (cell).