Rail

Rail transportation is an important part of Unifor’s membership base. Today there are over 9,200 Unifor members working on the railways. The bulk of Unifor railway members are found at CN Rail, the VIA Rail passenger service and Canadian Pacific. Hundreds of members also work at Ontario Northland Railway.

Canada must invest in revitalizing its national passenger rail service

Canada needs to get back on track and invest in the future of its rail system.

The federal government needs to step up and pour some significant dollars into VIA Rail, Canada’s national rail passenger service, if it wants to build back better, following the lead of our American counterparts.

RailLine Volume 9, Issue 1

Via Rail Bargaining Update #2

Members,

Bargaining between Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 with VIA Rail opened up virtually on January 17, 2022.

Contracts for more than 2,000 members expired on December 31, 2021. The two local unions will bargain separately.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias says, “Members should have the utmost faith in their bargaining teams who are experienced and skilled. They have been working diligently throughout the pandemic and ensured a fair contract was negotiated for all in 2020-2021.”

VIA Rail negotiations open virtually, covering 2,000 members in rail

Bargaining between Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 with VIA Rail opened up virtually on January 17, 2022.

“Members should have the utmost faith in their bargaining teams who are experienced and skilled,” Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our members have been working diligently throughout the pandemic and ensured a fair contract was negotiated for all in 2020-2021.”

In the year since the signing of the last agreement, Unifor members in rail continued to work while keeping travellers safe, comfortable and delivering a high quality mode of transportation.

VIA Rail talks begin virtually for 2000 members

MONTREAL — Bargaining between Via Rail and Unifor Locals representing 2000 members opened up virtually on January 17, 2022.

“Members should have the utmost faith in their bargaining teams who are experienced and skilled,” Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our members have been working diligently throughout the pandemic and ensured a fair contract was negotiated for all in 2020-2021.”

RailLine Volume 8, Issue 10

VIA Rail Bargaining Update #1

Dear Members,

Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 will open bargaining with VIA Rail in Montreal on January 17, 2022, with bargaining scheduled throughout the week.

RailLine Volume 8, Issue 9

VIA RAIL - BARGAINING UPDATE

Members,

Unifor was prepared to open bargaining with VIA Rail virtually on Thursday, October 21, 2021 with contracts for more than 2,000 members set to expire on December 31, 2021.

Bargaining dates for the first two weeks of November were secured and agreed to by VIA Rail for Local 100 and Council 4000.

VIA Rail has since notified us that they are not prepared to open bargaining today and won’t be ready until the week of November 21st.

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Toronto Terminals Railway

Unifor Local 4003 has reached a tentative agreement with Toronto Terminals Railway following weeks of negotiations that opened up on July 28th.

“We want to thank the members for their support during bargaining and we are looking forward to presenting the details to members at upcoming ratification meetings,” said Jeff Ongena, Local 4003 TTR Chairperson

If ratified, the agreement reached on Sept. 9 2021 will give members a wage increase of 12.5 per cent throughout the life of the contract, which expires in 2025.

Four Unifor members die in matter of days

Four Unifor members in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick passed away in less than a week, with at least three of the deaths work related and two due