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COMPETITION WATCH: CN engineers in GTW territory renew labour contract

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Canadian National Railway Company has announced the renewal of an hourly-rate labor contract b...


CHICAGO, Ill. — The Canadian National Railway Company has announced the renewal of an hourly-rate labor contract by approximately 240 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Union (BLE&T) who work on the company’s former Grand Trunk Western (GTW) territory.

The new contract is retroactive to August 1, 2005, and will include wage increases for the BLE&T members. Ratification for the five-year contract was 91%.

GTW BLE&T members are paid hourly wages and enjoy greater job security in contrast to traditional mileage- and rule-based wage systems for engine crews. The workers receive these benefits in exchange for greater work rule flexibility for the company.

A majority of CNs train and engine employees in the US are covered by hourly-rate labour agreements.

The GTWs main line between Chicago and Port Huron, Michigan, is a key link in CNs rail corridor between the U.S. Midwest, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.


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