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CAW, CN begin contract negotiations; UTU, Illinois Midland Railroad reach tentative pact


Yesterday, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union "officially" opened contract negotiations with CN, according to the union, which represents 4,300 CN shopcraft, clerical and intermodal workers.

The CAW's negotiating team raised a number of issues with the railroad during the opening round of deliberations including wages, pensions, benefits, job security and working conditions, said CAW President Ken Lewenza in a prepared statement.

“We are well aware that this corporation has seen major gains in its bottom line and productivity over the years and that’s a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our members. Our aim is to bargain a deal that recognizes our members’ contribution to the company’s success,” said Lewenza.

The current CAW-CN agreement expires Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, the United Transportation Union (UTU) and Illinois Midland Railroad (IMR) have reached a tentative five-year agreement covering wages, benefits and working conditions for signal maintainers, mechanical forces and maintenance-of-way employees.

The agreement calls for a general wage increase, retroactive pay to April 1, a cap on health care insurance contributions and a new short-term disability plan. IMR is a Genesee & Wyoming Inc. subsidiary.

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