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United Steelworkers members approve CPR contract


On Jan. 30, the United Steelworkers of Canada announced members of Steelworkers’ Local 1976 have ratified an agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway affecting 1,300 workers.

The contract increases wages more than 8 percent over three years and creates a job evaluation system designed to improve pay equity — a first for Canadian rail unions, according to a prepared statement. The pact also improves workers' benefits, overtime pay, seniority and vacation time.

Local 1976-represented workers include crew dispatchers, intermodal terminal operators, storepersons, accounting staff and freight claims adjusters located in Toronto; Montreal; Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta; Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The United Steelworkers represents about 180,000 Canadian workers.

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