Unifor Local 100 members ratified the union’s final new agreement with CN Rail.
Local 100 is the union’s largest bargaining unit at CN Rail with 2,100 members. The employees conduct safety inspections on all rail cars and locomotives in addition to maintenance and repairs.
The agreement included wage increases in each of the four years as well as improvements to benefits and job security. The deal created stronger apprenticeship ratios and re-established the join health and safety committee.
Additional provisions will see jobs in-sourced and new jobs created. Unifor and CN will also partner to create a fund to support initiatives related to women’s equality and aboriginal issues.
The deal — reached on Feb. 23 to avoid a lockout by CN — was recently approved by 79 per cent of Local 100’s members. Voting took place over a period of two weeks in 22 locations across Canada.
Unifor has six collective agreements with CN covering mechanics, clerical workers, excavator operators, locomotive engineers and truck drivers.
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