« Earlier this year, we established a new wage model for the rail industry and we are pleased to conclude these negotiations with agreements that ensure that our railway workers earn their fair share of wages and benefits, » said Jerry Dias, President of Unifor National. — Mike Armstrong (@ArmstrongGN) November 26, 2019 CN Rail says the results of the ratification vote will be available within eight weeks. In a statement, the company`s president and CEO, JJ Ruest, paid tribute to employees who « kept the railway moving safely » during the work stoppage. In a written statement, alberta Wheat and Barley Boards expressed relief from the news of the agreement, while warning that there must be a plan to keep grain moving during future rail strikes. Negotiating priorities identified by our membership in the CNTL include significant improvements in zone and highway rates, improvements in collective agreement discipline, insurance and benefits for CNTL owners. We are committed to a contract that meets the requirements of the members. So far, our main focus has been on improving working conditions and working/rest rules for collective agreements. Although we have had many discussions, the company has not yet focused on our main topics and we will need further discussions to resolve them before moving forward and starting discussions on improving money and performance, for which members have also expressed a desire to make significant profits. However, we remain confident that this will be achieved before the end of collective agreements on April 1, 2019.
Pending ratification of the agreements, details of the interim agreements will not be published. MONTREAL, March 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today that new preliminary collective agreements have been reached between Unifor Council 4000 and CN. Three collective agreements affect more than 2,150 CN employees in Canada, including all intermodal employees and workers, mechanical shovel operators, and locomotive managers and engineers working on the in-house SAR shortline line in northern Alberta.