CN receives arbitrator's decision setting terms, conditions of new three-year collective agreement between company, 3,000 conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons, says it will begin to implement terms of three-year pact immediately
June 23, 2014
– Decision binding on company and union, achieving contractual certainty between the parties
CN (CNR.TO) (CNI) announced today that it has received -- and will begin to implement immediately -- Arbitrator Michel Picher's decision setting the terms and conditions of a new three-year collective agreement between CN and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY). The arbitration ruling is binding on both parties and concludes the voluntary mediation/arbitration process that the company and union agreed to on March 22, 2014 .
The TCRC-CTY represents approximately 3,000 CN train conductors, trainpersons, yardpersons and traffic coordinators on CN's network in Canada .
Work rule changes are effective immediately. The decision provides for general wages increases as follows: three per cent retroactive to July 23, 2013 ; three per cent effective July 23, 2014 , and three per cent effective July 23, 2015 , which are in line with general wage and benefits provisions in recent settlements between CN and its other unions. Benefit improvements will take effect on July 1, 2014 .
Jim Vena, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: "CN is pleased that the arbitration process is finished and that the parties have contractual certainty -- this is good news for our customers and the Canadian economy.
"The award paves the way for the introduction of scheduling for conductors in Western Canada , an approach we believe will help to address manpower availability and promote greater work-life balance."
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