Why this is important: the interim agreement ends a week-long strike that has disrupted the operation of businesses across the country. “During this process, both sides have expressed a sincere commitment to an agreement… and with the obligation to be flexible,” she said. 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). “Ottawa has consistently violated the right of rail workers to strike. But this government remained calm and focused on helping the parties reach an agreement and it worked,” said François Laporte. In a statement posted on the union`s website, the Teamsters thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government for helping to bring the two parties together to reach an agreement. During the negotiations, the company attempted to remove the collective agreement from its rest plans, while increasing the workload of conductors.
Nearly 3,200 Canadian Railway (CN) workers will return to work as of Tuesday afternoon, after the railways and the Teamsters Canada Railway Conference (TCRC) agreed on a new contract to end a week-long strike. Details of the agreement will be retained until ratification by TTC members, a process that is expected to take approximately 60 days. 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. CN Rail and the workers` union reached a tentative agreement after a week-long strike. Since last Tuesday, the Canadian National Railway (CN) has reached an interim agreement with the more than 3,000 CN workers. “We congratulate and thank both KN and the Teamsters for staying around the table and reaching an agreement for the good of all Canadians,” said Labour Minister Filomena Tassi and Transport Minister Marc Garneau in a joint statement. 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).
They helped the parties reach an agreement. Details of the agreement have yet to be published. Members represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference will vote in favour of ratifying the new collective agreement after members have been informed of the terms of the agreement. Depending on the union, the process usually takes several months. 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.
Neither party disclosed the terms of the agreement in their statements.