Locomotive conductors for Canadian National Railway and other rail workers in Canada who are part of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference ratified four collective agreements that ended a tense set of mediated negotiations in September.
CN said the three-year accords cover 2,700 workers, including TCRC trainmen and yardmen. The deals, which are retroactive to July 23, provide wage increases and improvements in benefits, CN said.
The two sides squared off in late September, worrying shippers as a deadline approached after which either the union could call a strike or CN could lock out workers.
The potential disruption came during the peak shipping period for intermodal cargoes, and shippers said even a brief interruption of normal service could stack up shipments and undermine Canada with some global trade customers.
However, both the company and union reassured shippers that they would work to avoid any service disruption, and struck a deal on Oct. 1.
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