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|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/19/2011

Rail Employees Taking Strike Vote

Financial issues central to bargaining

The 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.