|December 6, 2006
CAW / VIA Rail Negotiations
|CAW / VIA Rail bargaining kicked off on November 13, 2006.
The week of November 27, the CAW Bargaining Committees from Agreements 1, 2 and 3 commenced their second week of
negotiations with VIA Rail Canada. The entire week was dedicated to the numerous demands that were submitted by the CAW VIA
Rail membership from on board (Agreement 1), off train (Agreement 2) and the shop craft (Agreement 3).
Bargaining was positive as each bargaining committee went through the proposals with the VIA management bargaining committee.
VIA management are taking the Union’s proposals seriously as the bargaining committee is in absolute agreement that the day-to-
day issues facing the CAW membership must be addressed and corrected.
In addition, CAW National Representative Jo-Ann Hannah from the National Pension and Benefits Department of CAW gave VIA its
presentation on the Union’s pension and benefits demands covering all three agreements.
There was significant discussion concerning apprenticeship programs for Agreement 3. On November 30th, the Director of the CAW
Skilled Trades Department, Colin Heslop, provided a detailed explanation and overview of the important demands tabled by the
membership and leadership.
The CAW is also currently in negotiations with CN with a legal strike or lockout for mid-January. The CAW will now concentrate on CN
bargaining where dates have been scheduled for the weeks of December 4th and December 11th through to December 20th. These
talks are progressing, particularly in the work rules area. The CAW will be contacting its CN membership following meetings with CN
the week of December 4th and will provide them with full and complete information on the status of negotiations going forward.
The CAW will be scheduling further meetings with VIA following the completion of the CN negotiations. The tentative schedule for VIA
would likely be early February 2006.
Source: CAW Railfax