Published: December 2nd 2009
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Early Wednesday afternoon Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and Canadian National Railway signed an agreement to end the five day old strike by locomotive engineers.
The agreement provides for the parties to continue negotiations for a defined period of time in an effort to resolve the outstanding issues with a process that would require mutual agreement between the parties to submit any of the outstanding issues to arbitration. Wages and benefits, if unresolved, will be submitted to arbitration.
“The most contentious issue of having the mileage cap raised to 4300 miles per month was resolved at the last minute.” stated TCRC President Daniel J Shewchuk, “Despite the threat of impending back to work legislation, it was made clear that any increase to the mileage cap would not result in an agreement” he added.
The agreement was a culmination of a very difficult round of negotiations and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference would like to thank all their members for their support during this arduous process.
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference represents 12,000 railway workers with major railroads and shortline railroads across Canada and affiliated with the 125,000 members in Teamsters Canada and 1.4 million members in North America with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Daniel J. Shewchuk, President, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference