The new agreements were reached on March 31, 2019 and include a $1,000 signing bonus for active members, 2.5 per cent salary increases retroactive to April 1, 2019; 2.5 per cent on 1 January 2020; 3 percent from January 1, 2021 and 3 percent from January 1, 2022. There are also several performance improvements and increases in training allowances. The new contract expires on December 31, 2022. Negotiations are going well and have focused to this point on important working rules and working conditions. We also spent a lot of time discussing the Union`s proposals to improve the current “progressive disciplinary measures” in accordance with Article 8 of the collective agreement. The employer is sensitive to our concerns. The current measures are too punitive and include a three-strike system that could quickly trigger the dismissal of a member in the event of otherwise minor violations. We are working to implement new corrective provisions and reduce penalties. Proposals have been exchanged and further negotiation dates are expected to begin during the week of February 4, 2019. The five collective agreements expire on March 31, 2019. Among the bargaining priorities set out in our membership in the CNTL are significant improvements in zone and motorway fares, improvements to disciplinary measures in the collective agreement, as well as insurance and benefits for operators who own CNTL. During the week, many discussions took place on key topics. The negotiating committee referred to by the negotiating committee can raise important issues that concern the members on a daily basis and work diligently on an agreement.
From February 5 to 8, your 5.1 and Amendments Bargaining Committee met in Montreal to begin negotiations with CN Rail. Following the ratification vote that took place across Canada, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, the majority of CNTL members did not ratify their preliminary agreement. The union will speak before the end of the week to representatives of the CNTL and CN Labour Relations to review the dates of the continuation of the talks and allay the concerns of members, as they have raised issues during the ratification process. 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 One provision of the agreement provides that CN waives what the TCRC has called the “work-now-grieve-later”. . . .