Cn Rail Collective Agreement
CN does not recognize calm as a regulatory or safety issue. When exhausted workers ask to be unloaded according to the 10-hour limit set by the collective agreement, the company has previously told workers to “do the work now and file a complaint later” if they were unhappy. Under the new agreement, the company will waive the “Work now grieve-later” policy if tired employees try to reserve calm and be relieved, meaning they would not be forced to continue working. During the negotiations, the company tried to remove the collective agreement from its rest provisions while increasing the workload of the workers. The union prevented this. Canada has a large and well-developed rail system, which today carries mainly freight. Canada uses track 1,435 mm (4ft 8 1/2 in) (standard gauge) for most of its rail system. The exceptions are small, isolated lines in the North American main rail network used in extractive industries such as mining or forestry, some of which are narrow-track and Toronto`s wide-track and subway lines. Teamsters would like to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again for respecting workers` right to strike. The union also wants to recognize Labour Minister Filomena Tassi, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). They played an important role in the parties reaching an agreement. The union says the agreement improves worker safety and exhaustion, but Teamsters Canada president François Laporte says the “central problem of fatigue in the rail industry can only be solved through government regulation.” CN CEO JJ Ruest says he is “happy to have reached the agreement,” which increases wages and benefits and applies retroactively to July 23, 2019.