CN, UTU reach tentative accord

CN, UTU reach tentative accord

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Canadian National Railway and the United Transportation Union signed a tentative labor agreement covering 375 UTU members who work on CN''s former Grand Trunk Western territory in the United States. The agreement is currently pending ratification by UTU''s rank and file.

In contrast with traditional mileage- and rule-based wage systems dating back to the steam locomotive era, this agreement would provide hourly wages, job guarantees and more flexible work rules for current UTU members on the GTW.

CN and UTU agreed to a similar wage structure last year on its U.S. lines formerly owned by Illinois Central. If the agreement is ratified, all of CN''s 2,300 U.S. train and engine employees would be covered by hourly-rated pay schemes.

UTU represents railroad conductors, brakemen, switchmen, and locomotive engineers, among other workers.