“We would like to thank our members for their patience and incredible support throughout these difficult negotiations,” said Roland Hackl
Montréal, May 29, 2017 – A labour dispute at Canadian National (CN) was averted today at 5:15 p.m. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) withdrew its strike notice after the company withdrew its notice to unilaterally impose changes to the collective agreement.
The Parties reached an agreement in principle at 1605 EDT. We are now in the process of finalizing the tentative agreement. Given this progress, the Company, at 1715 EDT has withdrawn notice to change the terms and conditions of the agreements and, the Union has withdrawn the strike notice.
We do not believe it will provide the “efficiencies” they claim. Instead, it will result in job losses and the remaining people working longer hours.
“The bargaining committee worked through the night with CN and federal mediators. We have reached a critical stage and are going to catch a few hours’ sleep before starting again this afternoon to hopefully come to an agreement in principle.” — Roland Hackl, TCRC vice president and lead negotiator for the union.
"Our Government respects, and has faith in, the collective bargaining process." - the Honorable Patty Hajdu
Today, the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, issued the following statement regarding the collective bargaining negotiations between the Canadian National Railway Company and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference:
Canadian National Railway could attempt to provoke a strike on Tuesday, May 30 at 4:00 a.m. This comes after months of negotiations with some 3000 conductors, trainmen and yardmen represented by the TCRC.
This Company averaged over $3 Billion Profit each year since the last CTY agreement came into force. They are seeking concessions. There is no need for them. They just want them. We do not believe it will provide the “efficiencies” they claim.