RailLine Volume 11 – Issue 14

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Unifor reaches a tentative agreement with CNTL, averting strike action

Unifor has reached a tentative settlement with CN Transportation Ltd. (CNTL) on a new four-year collective agreement. 

The union’s bargaining committee opened negotiations with CNTL on November 13, 2023 in Brampton. The first tentative settlement was rejected by a slim vote of 52% during ratification meetings held from January 23 to February 2.

The union resumed bargaining from May 1-5, the bargaining committee focused and determined in their goal to achieve priority issues and improvements that the membership expressed were necessary during our first ratification meetings. 

Details of the new tentative agreement will be released shortly and in advance of our ratification meetings that will be held over Zoom video, with voting conducted electronically on Simply Voting. 

Ratification meetings will be held on: 

  • Saturday, May 11 – 2pm EDT / 3pm ADT for members based in Eastern Canada

  • Sunday, May 12 – 12pm PDT / 1pm MDT / 2pm CDT for members based in Western Canada    

Unifor represents 786 dependant owner-operator truck drivers who haul cargo for CN’s Intermodal business, including local pick-up and delivery service, regional and long-haul delivery across Canada.

CNTL is a subsidiary company of Canadian National Railway.  The owner-operators are members of Unifor Council 4000 and its five Regional Local Unions across the country – Locals 4001, 4002, 4003, 4004 and 4005.

Media Contact

Hamid Osman

National Communications Representative