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.

Rail Line Volume 9, Issue 20

CN Bargaining Update

Dear Members,

Local 100 and Council 4000 bargaining committees continued negotiating with the employer this week in Montreal. 

Talks, again this week, were productive with the employer and are progressing well. At the table, we worked through work rules and language proposals. We have agreed on some items and are still wading through others.

We have agreed to meet with the employer the week of Dec. 12, 2022 in Montreal. We will continue discussing non-economic items and hope to convene discussions on monetary items.

Rail Line Volume 9, Issue 19

Unifor opens contract talks with Toronto Terminals Railway

Unifor opened bargaining for a new collective agreement with Toronto Terminals Railway (TTR) this week.

"Our members working at TTR are loud and clear that they need an agreement that addresses the crushing inflation  on an already high cost of living in Vancouver," said Rick Raso, President of Unifor Local 101R. “Workers are falling behind and the bargaining committee is determined to push back and fight for wages that keep up with rising costs.”

Rail Line Volume 9, Issue 18

Dear Members,

Local 100 and Council 4000 bargaining committees met with the employer this week to begin discussions on non-economic proposals which includes the addressing the on-going issue of contracting out unionized work.

Your Master Bargaining Committee feels that talks this week were productive with the employer and are progressing well. We are committed to impress upon the company that our members deserve a collective agreement that treats you with dignity and respect.

Unifor 101R files for conciliation

Rail Line: Volume 9 Issue 17

Dear members,

The union commenced bargaining for a new collective agreement with Canadian Pacific (CP) on Sept. 14, 2022.

At the meeting, both parties exchanged proposals. The union made it clear that we are concerned with the employers heavy handed discipline, grievance backlog and the need for CP to improve wages for our members.

Unifor begins bargaining with CN in Montreal

MONTREAL—Unifor opened bargaining for a new collective agreement with CN this morning in Montreal.

“The fact is that during a time of record inflation CN is reporting record quarterly earnings,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Without our members at the helm, this company wouldn’t have been able to get even close to that, and they deserve to be compensated fairly and treated with respect.”

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Autoport Members Ratify Collective Agreement

Dear Members,

After eight long months of negotiations, your Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement on October 7, 2022. This past weekend we held our ratification vote, and we are pleased to announce the new two-year collective agreement has been ratified.

The Bargaining Committee was successful in achieving many improvements including:

Rail line Volume 9, Issue 14

Unifor/CP Bargaining Update

Dear Members,

On September 14, 2022, Unifor and CP opened contract negotiations. At the opening of contract talks your bargaining committee made it clear to the employer that its heavy-handed disciplinary actions must immediately stop and our members are expecting improvements in wages and benefits.

Rail line Volume 9, Issue 13

Local 100 and Autoport Eastern Passage Bargaining and Strike Vote Results

The bargaining committee at Autoport Eastern Passage has been negotiating with the employer since February 15, 2021. The collective agreement expired on December 31, 2021.

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Unifor opens Negotiations with CP Rail

Dear Members,

Today Unifor National Secretary Treasurer Len Poirier, alongside Unifor Local 101R President Rick Raso and his bargaining committee opened negotiations with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) for a new collective agreement this morning in Calgary.

Unifor opens contract talks with CP

CALGARY – Bargaining for a new collective agreement began this morning in Calgary between Unifor Local 101R and Canadian Pacific (CP).

“Our members have worked tirelessly day in and night across the country, in helping CP earn record profits,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “It is our expectation that CP rewards our members with the fair and equitable wage increases that they deserve.”