The tentative agreement reached by the Canadian National Railway Co. and the United Steelworkers union has been approved by a national ratification vote.
In addition to wage increases each year of five-year agreement, it includes improved medical, dental and health-care benefits, as well as enhanced travel allowances for the 3,000 union members who inspect, maintain and repair CN’s infrastructure.
“I congratulate the leadership and members of USW local 2004 for the solidarity they have demonstrated in achieving a good collective agreement that will benefit CN as well as workers and their families,” said Ken Neumann, the union’s national director.
“This agreement reflects the fact that these maintenance-of-way employees work in extremely challenging conditions every day, performing services that are vital to CN’s operations.”
The ratification comes days after the railway’s 2,100 mechanics, electricians and apprentices ratified a new contract that provided 11 per cent wage increases over four years.