RailLine Volume 10 – Issue 16

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Unifor CNTL Bargaining News

Unifor is presently in negotiations with CN Transportation Ltd. (CNTL) on the renewal of a new collective agreement on behalf of approximately 700 Unifor members who are contracted as dependant owner-operators with the company.  CNTL is a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway Co. (CN).  CNTL Owner-Operators move intermodal containers on a local and extended basis across Canada for CN’s Intermodal business.    The present collective agreement expires at 23:59 hours on December 31, 2023.


Bargaining started the week of November 13-17 and continued the week November 27 to December 1, 2023.  To date, negotiations have been conducted in Brampton.


Negotiations have been very productive and we are pleased to report that have completed all our work rule proposals.  We will reconvene bargaining in the New Year. Further dates are being tentatively scheduled for the week of January 8-12 and/or January 15-19, 2024, at which time we will turn to our economic proposals.


The year 2023 has been a challenging year for our CNTL membership as intermodal rail traffic has been down significantly all across North America.  Couple this with competing rail and trucking companies, we have unfortunately seen more than 100 CNTL members laid-off in 2023 as a result.  We are optimistic that we will start to see a turnaround in 2024.   


We will provide further updates to our membership in the New Year.

In solidarity,

The Unifor CNTL Bargaining Committee


Dave Kissack – President Council 4000
Prabhjot Sekhon – Regional Rep Council 4000
Baldev Sran – Local 4001
Majid Muhammed – Local 4002
Jai Cheema – Local 4003
Gurjit Takhar – Local 4004
Steven Harding – Local 4005
Barry Kennedy – National Representative
Alexandre Lamarre –National Representativ