|UTU Members ratify 3-year CN contract|
|May 1, 2005
Some 2,600 UTU Conductors, Assistant Conductors, Yard Service Employees and Traffic Coordinators employed by Canadian
National Railway have ratified a new three-year agreement. It is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2004.
"The agreement provides for wage, benefit and very important quality of work-life improvements," said UTU Vice President John
Armstrong praised the efforts of UTU general chairpersons Rex Beatty, Bryan Boechler and Raymond Lebel, along with vice
general chairpersons Jim Robbins, Gary Anderson, Roland Hackl and past UTU vice president Guy Scarrow in reaching this
agreement, "following many lengthy and sometimes difficult negotiating sessions.
"This was undoubtedly the toughest round of negotiations we have been involved in for quite some time, and the support our
negotiating committee received from our local UTU officers throughout this process kept us going and assisted us greatly in
achieving this settlement," Armstrong said.
Armstrong also thanked UTU International President Paul Thompson for his "support and assistance. Paul was a major factor in
helping us reach this agreement."