More than 3,000 CN Rail workers ratify new contract

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MONTREAL - Unifor members at Canadian National (CN) Rail have ratified a new two-year contract.

“When we opened contract talks with CN last fall, while the company was reporting massive profits, we were insistent that rail workers deserve to be compensated well and treated with respect,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “This agreement represents a significant step forward for our CN Rail members, including important improvements in wages, benefits, and job security. I commend the Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 committees for their determination and resolve. They did an outstanding job, and I congratulate them for their relentless attention to detail and their unconditional care for rail members."

The four ratified collective agreements cover Unifor Local 100 and Council 4000 members across the country. Unifor’s two national bargaining committees opened negotiations with CN in October 2022.

“This was an extremely challenging and complex round of bargaining,” said Dave Kissack, President of Unifor Council 4000. “With concessions on the table, we needed the support of our membership. I would like to thank them because it was only with membership support for the bargaining team that we were able to force the company to remove concessions.”

Unifor Local 100 represents Skilled Trades in mechanical shops and Unifor Council 4000 represents intermodal, clerical, mechanics and excavator operators. Unifor is the largest union at CN.

“This agreement is a product of almost two full months of tough negotiations,” said Cory Will, President of Unifor Local 100. “Coming out of a pandemic and with global economic uncertainty, the bargaining committee knew it had its work cut out for them but with the support of members from across the country, we stood firm and were able to negotiate a fair contract.

The new contract will expire December 31, 2024.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 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 more information, please contact Unifor National Communications Representative Hamid Osman: @email or (647) 448-2823.

For French interviews, please contact Unifor Quebec Communications Representative, Véronique Figliuzzi at @email or 514-212-6003.

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