THE 2004 ETC Local represents 3,000 CN employees inspecting, waiting and repairing railway tracks, bridges and infrastructure across Canada. First agreement for YUL bar and restaurant employees… « I congratulate the leaders and members of the local USW in 2004 for their solidarity in achieving a good collective agreement that benefits Both Kn and workers and their families, » said Ken Neumann, the union`s national director. « This agreement reflects the fact that these maintenance workers work every day in extremely difficult conditions and provide essential services for CN`s operations. » « Middle-class families are the backbone of our province and country, and it is fundamentally wrong to deprive them of their tariffs. » – Marty Warren, District 6 Director For more information: ETC: Ken Neumann, ETC National Director, 416-544-5951; Jean-Francois Migneault, ETC Local 2004 President, [email protected], 514-907-9921; Troy Lundblad, USW staff representative, [email protected], 416-544-5947, 416-333-7080; Denis St. Pierre, USW Communications, 416-544-5990, 647-522-1630, [email protected]; CN: Media: Jonathan Abecassis, Senior Manager, Media Relations, 514-399-7956; Investment Community: Paul Butcher, Vice-President; Investor Relations, 514-399-0052 « This agreement involves improvements on key issues affecting the standard of living and work of our members, » Koch said. TORONTO – CN and United Steelworkers (ETC) announced today that, following a preliminary agreement reached in 2004 between CN and LOCAL ETC negotiators, municipal union members reviewed the agreement in December 2004 and approved the treaty in a national ratification vote in recent weeks. In addition to the annual salary increases granted under a five-year contract, it includes improving health, dental and health services, as well as improving travel costs for the 3,000 union members who inspect, wait and repair CN`s infrastructure. The interim agreement between the Canadian National Railway Co. and the United Steelworkers Union was approved by a national ratification vote.
The existing workers` collective agreement expires on 31 December. Details of the new interim agreement will not be published until union members have been able to review the contract and proceed to a ratification vote. « In 2004, CTE members at Local gave their negotiating committee a clear mandate and the committee worked tirelessly to address their concerns, » said Ken Neumann, CTE National Director. « I am very proud of them and very happy that they have reached an agreement that they are ready to support. » « This is a strong and fair agreement that recognizes the hard work of our members and the most important contributions they make every day to CN`s success, » said Jean-Francois Migneault, President of USW Local in 2004.