CN Rail workers to hold strike vote

MONTREAL - Unifor announced today that the union has broken off talks with Canadian National Rail (CN) and will be commencing strike votes early next week.

“In this climate of massive profits CN is proposing a multitude of concessions demonstrating just how out of touch they are,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Our hard-working rail workers have made CN the profitable company that it is today and will not accept an agreement that attacks our union and devalues them and their work.”

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Local 101R Ratifies their Tentative Agreement

Dear Members,

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules and attending the ratification and strike vote meetings. We are please to report that the Local 101R membership has ratified the tentative agreement reached on January 13, 2023.

There is no other way to put it – this was a very difficult round of bargaining. Your bargaining committee was facing an employer who purposed concessions right off the bat. We knew we had our work cut out for us.

CP Rail workers ratify new contract

MONTREAL - Unifor members at Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail have ratified a new two-year contract.

“Rail workers, just like workers in many sectors across Canada, are bargaining in particularly challenging conditions right now,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The members of the 101-R bargaining committee remained focused and committed to achieving a fair agreement for their membership. I applaud them for their work and look forward to their continued efforts to improve working conditions for their members in the future.”

Tentative Agreement reached with Procor Edmonton

Unifor Local 21-A bargaining committee and Procor Ltd. have reached a tentative collective agreement.

“This was a difficult round of negotiations, but our bargaining committee stood together for our rail sector members,” said Michelle Barsness, Unit Chair and Treasurer of Local 21-A. “This agreement would not have been reached without the skills and solidarity of the bargaining committee.” 

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Unifor CN January 2023 Bargaining Update

Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 continued contract negotiations with CN the week of January 16-20 in Montreal.  This was the first sessions with the assistance of Federal Conciliators.

Unifor filed a Notice of Dispute with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) on December 16, 2022.  The Conciliators were appointed on December 30, meaning the bargaining schedule and conciliation process has changed slightly from what we initially advised in the last RailLine update.

The new schedule is as follows:

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with CP Rail

VANCOUVER- Unifor Local 101R has reached a tentative agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), covering 1,200 workers at 18 locations from British Columbia to Quebec. 

“These are hard working members who provide a vital service and I know the Bargaining Committee was determined to make progress during these difficult times,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “I thank the Committee for their outstanding work.”

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Tentative agreement reached with Canadian Pacific 

Dear Members,

A tentative agreement has been reached between Unifor Local 101R and Canadian Pacific Railway. 
Details of the tentative agreement will be provided at ratification meetings, which will be held at multiple locations across the country in the coming days. Information on a ratification tour will be communicated as soon as dates and locations are finalized. 

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CP Bargaining Update

Dear Members,

The Local 101R bargaining committee continued negotiating with the Employer this week in Calgary.

As reported in the last RailLine, the Union filed a Notice of Dispute, requesting the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

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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.