Unifor Local 101R members ratified a new collective agreement with CP Rail by 79 per cent.
The agreement was reached on Feb. 14, minutes before the deadline. Voting took place in 26 locations across Canada over the last two weeks.
The new deal includes wage increases in each of the agreement’s four years as well as improvements to benefits, stronger apprenticeship ratios, a women’s advocate program and an initiative that will allow skilled trades members leave for the purpose of assisting in repair work at not-for-profit community agencies.
Operations at the Winnipeg Weston facility, where 160 people are employed, will also be maintained as part of the collective agreement. Unifor Local 101R represents approximately 1,625 members at CP Rail.
Unifor’s national president Jerry Dias said the agreement improves members’ conditions at work and recognizes their contributions to CP’s financial success.
“Although challenging, this round of negotiations showed that a settlement reached at the bargaining table is the best deal for everyone — it’s the time every few years that workers can have a direct say in improving their conditions and sharing in the wealth they help create,” Dias said.