CN workers ratify new contract

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Conductors, trainpersons, and yard workers with CN have ratified a collective agreement with the company.

CN announced on Friday that the new three-year contract is retroactive to July 23, 2019 and includes wage increases, along with benefit improvements.

“We are pleased to have completed these agreements,” said JJ Ruest, president and Chief Executive officer at CN.

Around 3,200 CN employees walked off the job on November 19, 2019 after the union and company failed to reach a contract agreement, which halted trains across the country. The strike led to concerns in several industries about a reduction in shipping capability. Perhaps the loudest alarm bells were sounded in the farming sector, where producers worried about a shortage of propane affecting their ability to dry their crops.

Workers returned to work after a tentative agreement was reached between the two sides on November 26, 2019.