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January 14, 2007
Tough Bargaining: Concessions off the table at CN
As negotiations at CN move forward, CAW bargaining committees representing shopcraft, clerical, supplemental and owner operator members continue to
work hard and are reporting that the vast majority of company concession demands have been removed.

CAW President Buzz Hargrove said the hard work of the bargaining committees is paying off in this long, tough process.

“We need to continue to hammer away at the remaining issues to ensure we can achieve a settlement that reflects the needs of our members,” Hargrove said.

In the shopcraft section negotiations are progressing and committees were scheduled to continue meeting throughout the day, said CAW Local 100 President
Bryon DeBaets.  “There is still work to do here, but we’ve made real progress as we anticipate the company’s first economic offer,” said DeBaets.

CAW National Council 4000 President Bob Fitzgerald said: “We have made considerable progress, but there are still important unresolved issues.”

Hargrove added “with the progress we’ve made so far, I’m optimistic that we can address key member concerns such as job security, wages and other
economic issues.”

The CAW bargaining committees are negotiating in Toronto on behalf of more than 4000 CAW members at CN across Canada.  The negotiating deadline is
midnight January 17, 2007.
 
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