News BriefsRail Employees Taking Strike Vote • Quebec Manufacturing Contract Settled • Manitoba Public Servants Have Deal • Casino Workers Go to Table • Newfoundland Bakery Strike Over • Employment Shows Promising Signs01/17/2011|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/19/2011 Rail Employees Taking Strike VoteFinancial issues central to bargainingThe strike votes of 6,500 employees of CN Rail and CP Rail represented by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) were being counted as CLV Reports went to press. The CAW’s issue with the two employers seems to be largely financial. The most recent report to membership on the progress of negotiations concentrates on how productivity and profitability at the railways have increased. The union’s demands are for “significant” wage increases and greater security for future retirees. The second demand involves both pension improvements and higher retiree benefits through the Health Spending Account. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.