“We didn`t get everything we wanted, but we always reached a fair agreement that keeps trains running while improving rail safety. This is good news for our members, the company and all Canadians,” said Teamsters Canada National President Francois Laporte. The agreement provides for the start and end of positions in the employee`s locker facility or at another agreed location to determine when the workers are on time. Previously, the company counted trips to Denern as downtime, which significantly reduced sleep time. Trips inside the locker can sometimes take hours, and federal work and rest rules required less than 6 to 8 hours outside the stations. CN does not recognize calm as a regulatory or safety issue. If exhausted workers seek relief after work beyond the 10-hour limit set by the collective agreement, the company would first ask workers to “do the job now and file a complaint later” if they were unhappy. Under the new agreement, the company will abandon the “Work now-grieve-later” policy if tired employees try to rest and be relieved, meaning they would not be forced to continue working. Other unsafe changes to the agreement include an 8% pay increase during the 3-year agreement (2.5% / 2.5% / 3%), with retroactive effect to July 23, 2019. Workers will also receive a taxable ratification bonus of $1,000. A number of improvements have also been made to the health and wellness plan. MONT-AL, January 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shipyard workers and Canadian Railway (CN) attendants voted 91.3% in favour of ratifying a new 3-year collective agreement. The more than 3,000 workers are represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC).
“Ottawa has consistently violated the right of rail workers to strike. But this government remained calm and focused on helping the parties reach an agreement and it worked,” said François Laporte. Under the new agreement, in order to prevent the company from violating the residual provisions of the collective agreement, workers receive additional compensation if they are forced to work 30 and 60 minutes during their rest periods, including flight attendants and station employees. During the negotiations, the company attempted to remove the collective agreement from its rest plans, while increasing the workload of conductors. The union prevented him. The new treaty focuses mainly on safety, particularly with regard to crew fatigue and working time.