COMPETITION WATCH: CN and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers reach tentative labour deal

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MONTREAL, Que. — CN and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), System Council 11, announced today that they have reached a tentative five-year labour agreement covering approximately 700 employees who maintain the railway’s signals and communications systems across Canada.

Details of the tentative agreement are being withheld pending ratification by the IBEW membership.

Kim Madigan, CN vice-president of labour relations, said: “CN is pleased to have negotiated this agreement with the IBEW in advance of the expiration of the current collective agreement. We believe the agreement will benefit both parties.”

Brian Strong, senior system general chairman for the IBEW, System Council 11, said: “The IBEW bargaining committee unanimously endorses this tentative agreement and is recommending the membership ratify it. The ratification process will begin next week.”

The IBEW’s current four-year contract with CN expires on Dec. 31, 2007.

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