Tcrc Cty Collective Agreement
The new collective agreement, which runs until July 22, 2022, focuses on safety issues, with a particular focus on crew fatigue and work schedules, according to the Teamsters. But the Canadian government will have to address rail industry fatigue in future regulations, said TCRC President Lyndon Isaak. One of the provisions of the agreement calls on CN to abandon what the TCRC has called the “Work Now Grieve Later” policy. Instead of asking employees to work beyond a 10-hour limit, employees can now book rest periods, TCRC said. Negotiations are continuing with the help of mediators appointed by the Confederation and we remain committed to working with the union and mediators to reach an agreement that is fair to all parties. We have also taken appropriate steps to end the economic benefits by offering binding arbitration with a neutral arbitrator chosen by the parties or appointed by the federal government. In addition, we have proposed to continue negotiations until 1 April 2020 in order to have more time to reach an agreement. Unfortunately, the tcrc-CTY management refused these offers. Earlier this year, CN reached 11 agreements with unions representing about 7,000 union members. In 10 of these ratified agreements, the company made annual compensation adjustments that were better than inflation. These agreements have improved benefits, including short-term disability, basic insurance, maternity leave, visual aids and dentistry; and also included staff stock purchase plans. The final agreement includes 1,000 independent owners/operators working for CNTL and provides for compensation adjustments in line with the other agreements.
While the current average salary for a Canadian driver is $114,000 plus benefits, including a defined benefit retirement plan, the union is targeting wage and performance improvements that go beyond those negotiated this year with Unifor and another TCRC bargaining unit. Over the past few months, CN has worked with the TCRC-CTY to negotiate a new collective agreement. Despite our efforts, union leadership refused our offers and called for a strike that affects our employees, our customers and the Canadian economy. We have offered to submit our arguments to a neutral arbitrator to end this dispute and we hope that the union will be prepared to do the same. Through binding arbitration, a neutral arbitrator would listen to our positions and make a decision. “Previously, Ottawa routinely violated the right of rail workers to strike. But this government has remained calm and focused on helping the parties reach an agreement and it has worked,” said François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada. Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) and members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) have voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement, the groups said.
The agreement also defines shiftwork periods, calls for an 8% wage increase during the three-year agreement and makes some changes to employees` health and social security plans. “We are pleased to have reached these agreements,” JJ Ruest, CEO of Canadian National (CN), said in a statement late Friday. CN did not contain any details about the collective agreement. In the Teamsters` vote on the deal, 91.3% voted in favour. The group represents about 3,200 workers who work as pilots, shipyard workers and training for CN. Members led an eight-day strike last November after initial negotiations broke down. MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2019 – We would like to update CN`s collective bargaining with the Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference (TCRC-CTY), which represents approximately 3200 CN employees who work as train attendants and station coordinators in Canada. At CN, we are all very aware and deplored of the impact of the strike on our customers, our supply chain partners, the Canadian economy, trade in general and the public.
We continue to work towards a fair solution and look forward to getting back the reliable service our customers are used to.. . .