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Ontario Northland names rail VP, nails down Steelworkers contract

Yesterday, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) announced it appointed Grant Bailey vice president of rail. He will be responsible for the operations of the 700-mile Ontario Northland Railway, and Northlander, Little Bear and Polar Bear Express passenger-rail services.

Bailey most recently served as general manager of the Ottawa Valley Railway, a 302-mile regional owned by RailAmerica Inc.

ONTC also announced the United Steelworkers of America Union Local 1976 — which represents rail traffic controllers, and customer service and sales employees — ratified a three-year contract. The previous contract expired Dec. 31, 2004.

The pact calls for annual wage increases of 3 percent (retroactive to Jan. 1) and various benefit package improvements.

Operating primarily in northeastern Ontario, ONTC provides freight- and passenger-rail, motor coach scheduled and charter, and telecommunication services.

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