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UTU members ratify CN agreement affecting Northern Quebec Territory

United Transportation Union-represented workers at Canadian National Railway Co.'s Northern Quebec Territory (NQT) recently ratified a new three-year agreement.

Taking effect Dec. 15, the contract provides annual 3 percent pay increases, improves benefits, and preserves flexible work practices and hourly pay. Established in 1995, the 1,200-mile NQT provides train and engine-service workers flexible work rules and hourly pay similar to a short line.

CN now has renewed agreements with four unions representing Canadian workers. CN officials continue to negotiate with UTU representatives on other Canadian lines, as well as Teamsters Canada Rail Conference officials representing locomotive engineers, United Steelworkers of America officials representing track maintenance employees and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers officials.

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