BLE ends strike, ratifies contract with CB&CNS

Agreement with RailAmerica shortline brings two-month strike to a conclusion

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers ratified their first-ever contract with the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway (CB&CNS) on March 28, concluding a strike that began nearly two months ago.

"I am pleased to announce that the strike is over," said BLE Canadian Director Gilles Hallé. "The workers will go back to work at midnight (on March 28)."

Brother Hallé commended the Brothers of BLE Division 900 for sticking together and bringing the strike to a successful conclusion. "It was a big show of solidarity," he said.

BLE International President Don M. Hahs and Brother Hallé both recognized Special Representative Robert J. Toole for his outstanding work on a job well done.

CB&CNS is a subsidiary of Rail-America, operating along 245-miles of track throughout Nova Scotia. RailAmerica calls itself the world's largest operator of regional and shortline railroads.

The strike began on February 6 at 7 a.m. when BLE members walked off the job over a host of issues, including seniority, work schedules, wages, rest, crew consist, vacation, pension plan, training, and spare boards. Contract negotiations first began in early 2001.

Brother Hallé said the agreement meets the needs of the CB&CNS workers, and that more details about the contract will be provided shortly.



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