CN Rail and Teamsters Canada Reach Tentative Agreement to End Week-long Strike
"Normal operations at CN will resume tomorrow (Nov. 27) at 6 a.m. local time across Canada," according to a statement from Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
Nov. 26, 2019 (Global News) - CN Rail and the union representing workers have reached a tentative agreement after a week-long strike.
“Normal operations at CN will resume tomorrow at 6 a.m. local time across Canada,” according to a statement from Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
About 3,200 CN workers have been without a contract since July 23. They walked off the job on Nov. 19 over concerns about long hours, fatigue and “dangerous working conditions.”
The tentative agreement must now be ratified by Teamsters members via a vote. The union says meetings will be held for members across the country to outline the terms of the new agreement before a vote is held.
Details of the tentative agreement have not been released.
“It was a hard negotiation. It was a long time. It was very hard,” said Alain Gatien, general chairman of Teamsters for Eastern Canada. “It's important for our members to have a collective agreement that's been negotiated for once.”
CN Rail said it will allow its workers to return to work at 2 p.m. Tuesday, but yard assignments won't begin until 6 a.m. local time Wednesday.
Outside the CN Rail headquarters in Montreal, workers on the picket line packed up their signs and belongings shortly after news of the deal broke.
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SOURCE: Global News