Rail Workers Ratify Three Year Deal with CN

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Canadian National Railway workers have ratified a new three year deal.

Teamster Canadian Rail Conference members voted in 91% in favour of a contract that will see an 8% pay increase over the life of the deal.

Workers will get a 2.5% raise in each of the first two years and 3% in the final year, retroactive to July 23, 2019.

Union President Lyndon Isaak says the contract also improves safety for workers with increased wording protecting them from fatigue to keep railways safe.

Lyndon says workers compromised with the company on benefits and were unable to eliminate the lifetime cap on health and welfare payouts.

They did bump the cap from $60,000 to $75,000, but Lyndon says the issue will return in future contract negotiations if the government doesn't move on universal pharmacare.

Workers also received a taxable $1,000 ratification bonus.

More than 3,000 TCRC members staged an eight day strike in November of last year.