BLE-RCTC reach tentative pact with CPR
On August 4, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers / Rail Canada Traffic Controllers concluded a Memorandum of Settlement with Canadian Pacific Railway, subject to ratification.
This settlement concludes a bargaining round which began in October of 1999 and continues in effect for three years until Dec. 31, 2002.
It provides wage increases of 2% in each of the three years and benefit plan enhancements in the areas of life insurance, dental, extended health and vision care and weekly indemnity sickness.
Four RTC desks were upgraded one rate level amounting to approximately $1.00 per hour increase for each and the interlocking RTC's at 12th Street Tower (Calgary) and Rugby (Winnipeg) received a $.75 per hour increase in addition to the general wage increase.
The major component of the settlement is in the area of pension plan improvements with no additional contributions from the employees. Changes in work rules which were necessary to both sides were also negotiated between the parties.
The Brotherhood's bargaining committee consisted of Vice-President and Canadian Director Gilles Hallé, Rail Canada Traffic Controller General Chairman Jim Ruddick, National Advisor/Special Representative Darrell Arnold and Local Chairmen Danny MacIver (Division 954, Quebec) and Kari Essery (Division 954, Calgary).
"We would like to extend a special thanks to Federal Mediator, Mr. Tom Hodges, for his assistance in providing the two parties his expertise in order to reach this settlement," Brother Hallé said.
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