COMPETITION WATCH: Labour disruption avoided at CN

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MONTREAL, Que. — CN and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) today signed a tentative labour contract covering 644 union members who maintain and repair CN’s signals and communications systems across Canada.

As a result of the tentative agreement, there will be no labour disruption at midnight, Friday March 25.

Details of the four-year contract, retroactive to January 1, 2004, are being withheld pending ratification by the IBEW membership.

In general, the tentative agreement provides improvements in IBEW members’ salaries and benefits. Achieving the tentative settlement was facilitated by the involvement of two mediators appointed by Federal Minister of Labour and Housing Joe Fontana earlier this week.

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