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UTU extends ratification vote on tentative CN contract by two weeks


It’s going to take a bit longer for the United Transportation Union (UTU) to conduct a ratification vote on a tentative UTU-Canada/Canadian National Railway Co. contract. Instead of tabulating and announcing results on March 26, the union will accept ballots until close of business April 9, and tabulate and announce results April 10.

“It came to our attention that some new union members may have been missed in the original mailing that sent ballots to UTU members across Canada,” UTU international officials said in a letter to union members. “In light of our obligation to provide all UTU members at CN the opportunity to vote, your union has reached an agreement with CN that the time period for voting and returning ratification ballots be extended.”

On Feb. 24, UTU-Canada and the Class I reached a tentative agreement, ending a two-week strike. The union is retaining its strike mandate during the ratification process, but members have returned to work.

UTU-Canada, which represents 2,800 CN conductors and yard-service workers in Canada, launched a strike Feb. 10 after contract negotiations broke down over a disagreement on wage increases. The previous contract expired Dec. 31

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