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CPR and TCRC extend 'no strike' pact; CN and steelworkers union reach tentative agreement

On Friday, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) extended their "no strike/no lockout" agreement to Dec. 8. The parties reached the pact Nov. 18 after union members narrowly rejected a tentative five-year agreement negotiated in September.

CPR and the TCRC — which represents 4,500 locomotive engineers and conductors — plan to continue negotiating a mutually acceptable contract.

Meanwhile, United Steelworkers-Canada last week reached a tentative agreement with Canadian National Railway Co. covering 3,200 track maintenance workers.

Details of the agreement — which addresses wages, meal allowances, pensions, travel and work-life balance issues — weren't disclosed pending ratification by union members.

The union's current contract with CN expires Dec. 31.

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