CN workers ratify tentative agreement


Unifor members who work at CN (formerly CN Savage Alberta Railway) have voted 92 percent to ratify a new collective agreement.  The agreement was reached on March 29th and covers 70 members who work as Conductors and Locomotive Engineers based in Grande Prairie and Grande Cache, Alberta.,

The new 5.14 agreement includes a $1000 signing bonus to active members upon ratification, wage increases of 2.5 per cent effective April 1, 2019; 2.5 per cent effective January 1, 2020; 3 per cent effective January 1, 2021, and 3 percent effective January 1, 2022.  There are also several benefit improvements and increases to training allowances, to name some. The new contract expires December 31, 2022.

“These members operate trains on CN subdivisions in northwestern Alberta and haul several commodities, including lumber, grain and the increasing shipments of frack sand used for the growing demand for shale gas,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The work and dedication of our members is what makes CN the highly successful company it is today and they are entitled to a share of the Company’s profits.”

“I wish to thank our members for their support throughout the bargaining process and at ratification,” said Dave Judge, President of Local 4001.  Dave Kissack, President of National Council 4000 echoed Judge’s comments. “We are very proud of our Agreement 5.14 membership and the local leadership, who have done good work over the years in representing our members and bargaining strong agreements that address the needs of our membership,” said Kissack.

Ratification voting continues for the other Council 4000 members at CN (Agreement 5.1, 5.1 Supplemental and 5.4) and CNTL.