1370 Ontario St. - Mezzanine, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Secretary-Treasurers
Information
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

Canadian National, TCRC reach accord to end strike

(Bloomberg News circulated the following on December 3, 2009.)

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway Co. said a strike by locomotive engineers is over following an agreement to continue negotiations and, if necessary, submit to binding arbitration.

“CN is pleased that an agreement has been reached to end the strike by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference immediately,” said E. Hunter Harrison, chief executive officer of Canada’s largest railroad, in a statement distributed by Canada NewsWire today.

The strike by 1,700 Canada-based locomotive engineers started Nov. 28 and threatened to stall shipments of coal, automobiles, lumber and chemicals within Canada and to the U.S. The government is withdrawing legislation introduced two days ago to settle the strike by naming an arbitrator.

Talks broke down after the company said Nov. 23 it planned to increase the engineers’ working mileage limit to 4,300 miles (6,919 kilometers) a month from 3,800 miles, making it equal to the cap set for conductors, and offer a 1.5 percent wage increase in exchange.

CN said it will roll back the mileage cap to the previous 3,800 miles and withdraw its plan to apply a 1.5 percent wage increase to TCRC members.

“CN and the TCRC have agreed to continue negotiations to resolve all the issues related to wages, benefits and work rules. If there is no agreement, the parties’ wages and benefits offers will be subject to final, binding arbitration,” the railway said in the statement.

Last Disruption

The last major labor disruption at the railway was less than three years ago. The government of Canada ended a two-month labor dispute in April 2007 by enacting legislation to force Canadian National conductors back to work. A federal arbitrator later decided in favor of Canadian National’s contract offer, Walter Spracklin, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets in Toronto, said in a Nov. 25 note to clients.

Canadian National fell 15 cents to C$56.15 at 4:10 p.m. in Toronto Stock Exchange trading. The shares have risen 25 percent this year.

Mark Hallman, a company spokesman, and Daniel Shewchuk, president of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

© 1997-2014 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Safety Task Force Hotline
800-306-5414

Decertification Helpline
800-393-2716

DAILY HEADLINES

Teamster Nation: Get the latest updates in the War on Workers
Rail congestion from oil boom blamed for high electricity costs
Utilities, railroads guardedly optimistic about coal deliveries
Canada introduces new crossing, rail safety regulations
Six rail unions team up to tackle national contract negotiations
Weekly U.S. coal carloads hit 2014 highs, led by UP and BNSF
AAR: Combined rail traffic up 8.4 percent over 2013 for week ending December 13
Opinion: Oil train glut shows how little Keystone XL pipeline matters
STB extends Grand Trunk, EJ&E transaction oversight for another 2 years
Canada's Unifor and CN fail to reach labor agreement
CSX re-opens Chicago Locomotive Shop
Union Pacific to announce 4Q 2014 results on January 22, 2015
UP files $2.3 million lawsuit against metal company
Railroad Retirement and Unemployment Insurance taxes in 2015

More Headlines


Enter your e-mail address to receive BLET news updates.

Subscribe  Unsubscribe