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CN, UTU reach tentative agreement covering GTW workers

Despite contentious negotiations with the striking Canadian Auto Workers, Canadian National Railway Co. continues to hammer out other labor agreements. CN and the United Transportation Union recently reached a tentative agreement covering 375 workers on CN's former Grand Trunk Western (GTW) territory.

The deal replaces traditional mileage- and rule-based wage systems with hourly wages, and provides job guarantees and more flexible work rules, according to a prepared statement.

If GTW workers ratify the agreement, all of CN's 2,300 U.S. train and engine employees will be paid by the hour.

GTW’s mainline between Port Huron, Mich., and Chicago provides CN's network a link between the Midwest, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

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