Tcrc Collective Agreement
Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) and members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement, according to the groups. The agreement also defines periods of shift work, calls for an 8% increase in wages during the three-year contract and makes some changes to workers` health and well-being plans. "We didn`t get everything we wanted, but we always reached a fair agreement that keeps trains running while improving rail safety. This is good news for our members, the company and all Canadians," said Teamsters Canada National President Francois Laporte. Other unsafe changes to the agreement include an 8% pay increase during the 3-year agreement (2.5% / 2.5% / 3%), with retroactive effect to July 23, 2019. Workers will also receive a taxable ratification bonus of $1,000. A number of improvements have also been made to the health and wellness plan. One of the provisions of the agreement calls on CN to abandon the TCRC`s "work now-grieve-later" policy. Instead of appointing employees to work beyond a 10-hour limit, employees can now book rest periods, the TCRC says.
Under the new agreement, in order to prevent the company from violating the residual provisions of the collective agreement, workers receive additional compensation if they are forced to work 30 and 60 minutes during their rest periods, including flight attendants and station employees. The agreement provides for the start and end of positions in the employee`s locker facility or at another agreed location to determine when the workers are on time. Previously, the company counted trips to Denern as downtime, which significantly reduced sleep time. Trips inside the locker can sometimes take hours, and federal work and rest rules required less than 6 to 8 hours outside the stations. The new collective agreement expires on July 22, 2022. MONT-AL, January 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shipyard workers and Canadian Railway (CN) attendants voted 91.3% in favour of ratifying a new 3-year collective agreement. The more than 3,000 workers are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). The Teamsters would like to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again for respecting the workers` right to strike. The union also wishes to pay tribute to Labour Minister Filomena Tassi, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (CSMF).