|IBEW & CN announce deal - avoiding midnight strike|
|March 25, 2005
CN and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) today signed a tentative labour contract covering 644 union
members who maintain and repair CN’s signals and communications systems across Canada. As a result of the tentative
agreement, there will be no labour disruption at midnight, Friday March 25th.
Details of the four-year contract, retroactive to January 1, 2004, are being withheld pending ratification by the IBEW membership.
In general, the tentative agreement provides improvements in IBEW members’ salaries and benefits.
Achieving the tentative settlement was facilitated by the involvement of two mediators appointed by Federal Minister of Labour
and Housing Joe Fontana earlier this week.
E. Hunter Harrison, president and chief executive officer of CN said: “I am very pleased that we were able to reach this tentative
agreement, and that we were able to avoid any labour disruption. This was the best possible outcome for all of us: employees,
company and customers.”
IBEW Senior System General Chairman Kevin Kearns said: “We believe this tentative settlement addresses the issues brought
forward by our membership. It will form the basis for a continued relationship between IBEW members and the company.”