RailLine Volume 11 – Issue 14

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.

Federal Budget investment in passenger rail supports Unifor’s rail service vision

The latest federal budget includes significant investments in VIA Rail, supporting Unifor’s Get Canada Back on Track campaign efforts to expand and sustain Canada's national passenger rail services.

“This budget’s commitment to VIA Rail operations funding is a win for every member who has voiced the need for reliable and expansive rail services,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “It’s a clear result of Unifor’s relentless advocacy under our ‘Get Canada Back on Track’ campaign.”

Unifor secures tentative agreement for GATX Rail Canada workers

Unifor Local 21-A Bargaining Committee, representing workers at GATX Rail Canada in Red Deer, Alta., have reached a four-year tentative collective agreement with the company. 

The agreement is pending ratification by the members of GATX Local 21-A in Red Deer. The tentative agreement includes retroactive wage increases totaling 14% over its term, a $1,000 monthly boost in Long Term Disability benefits, and enhanced contributions by the company to the employees’ pension plan.

Unifor ratifies agreement with CN Autoport

HALIFAX— Unifor members at CN Autoport have ratified a three-year collective agreement, ending a 37-day strike at the transshipment facility in Eastern Passage, N.S.

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with CN Autoport

HALIFAX–Unifor and CN Autoport reached a tentative agreement today, after the conciliator invited the union back to the negotiating table at the company’s request. 

Details will be shared with Autoport members first at meetings scheduled for tomorrow, April 3, 2024, where members will vote on the tentative agreement.

Picket lines at the Autoport in Eastern Passage will remain active until a collective agreement is ratified.

Solidarity action stops CN train in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG—A CN train was safely stopped during a solidarity action by Unifor members in Winnipeg this evening as part of an escalation caused by the company’s use of scab labour in Halifax.

“CN cannot escape the spotlight. The shameful behaviour by CN Autoport in Halifax will be met with resistance across our union,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “CN can expect more unscheduled disruption from coast-to-coast if it continues strike-busting tactics.”

Unifor members stop CN train in Winnipeg

On March 14 Unifor members in Winnipeg safely stopped a CN train in solidarity with members on strike at CN Autoport in Halifax. Watch Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle describe the escalating actions taking place across Canada against CN.