The three-year agreement with retroactive effect to July 23, 2016 provides for salary increases and performance improvements for approximately 3,000 conductors. Canada has 49,422 kilometers (30,709 miles) of total distance, of which only 129 kilometers (80 miles) are electrified. Canada uses track 1,435 mm (4ft 8 1/2 in) (standard gauge) for most of its rail system. The exceptions are small, isolated lines in the North American main rail network used in extractive industries such as mining or forestry, some of which are narrow-track and Toronto`s wide-track and subway lines. “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with the members of TCRC-CTY,” said Mike Cory, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CN. This agreement is proof of the benefits of relationship building and we look forward to continuing to promote this relationship in the future. Together, we have concluded this agreement without interruption of work that allows us to continue to offer a quality service to our customers. CN is a true backbone of the economy, whose team of approximately 23,000 railway workers a year transports more than $250 billion in goods across a wide range of industries, from commodities to finished products to a rail network of about 20,000 miles of lines that spans Canada and Central America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, with their operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with links to all points in North America. For more information about CN, please visit the company`s website at www.cn.ca. The new collective agreement, which runs until July 22, 2022, focuses on safety issues, with a particular focus on crew fatigue and work schedules, according to the Teamsters. But the Canadian government will have to address rail industry fatigue in future regulations, said TCRC President Lyndon Isaak. Canada has a large and well-developed rail system, which today carries mainly freight. There are two major privately owned transcontinental freight rail systems, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railway.
National passenger services are provided by the federal crown company Via Rail. Three Canadian cities have commuter trains: in the Montreal area by the Agence métropolitaine de transport, in the Toronto area with GO Transit and in the Vancouver area with the West Coast Express. These and other cities are also served by trams or metro systems. Smaller railways, such as the Ontario Northland Railway and algoma Central Railway, also operate passenger trains to remote rural areas. The Rocky Mountaineer and Royal Canadian Pacific offer rail tours in the Rockies. Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) and members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) have voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement, the groups said. Unifor Local 100 represents workers in the Canadian rail sector and motor vehicle loading facilities in the United States; Canadian National Railway, VIA Rail, Algoma Central Railway, Essex Railway, Hudson Bay Railway, Carlton Trail Railway and Autoport INC “We are pleased to have entered into these agreements,” JJ Ruest, CEO of Canadian National (CN), said in a statement late Friday. CN did not contain any details about the collective agreement.
“Previously, Ottawa routinely violated the right of rail workers to strike. But this government has remained calm and focused on helping the parties reach an agreement and it has worked,” said François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada. The agreement also defines shiftwork periods, calls for an 8% wage increase for the sector during the three-year agreement, and makes some changes to employees` health and social security plans. . . .