Rail Bargaining Turning Point

February 12, 1998


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Rail Bargaining Turning Point
dated February 12, 1998


Rail Bargaining Turning Point
Rail bargaining between the CAW and Canada's three major railways has reached a turning point. After months of talking with the rail companies, who have refused to deal with the issues of wages, pensions and contracting out work, the CAW has just ended conciliation with CN.

Gary Fane
CAW Director of Transportation
"We wait for the government, They are allowed to call another meeting. We prefer that they don't. We'd like to have a count down."

In anticipation that the conciliators may not be able to find a solution, the CAW is asking it's 79 hundred members employed by CN Rail, for a strike mandate. A mandate they expect to have by February 20th.






Gary Fane
CAW Director of Transportation
"We're still confident that CN Rail, making over $800 million, will settle a collective agreement with us before they have a strike. We're not interested in having a strike, we don't want to have one, but if we don't have some pressure to say we are going to go on strike, probably sometime in March, that's what we need to get a collective agreement."

The key issues are reasonable wages, improved pensions and work ownership to counter CN's contracting out of work that belongs to the union.


Gary Fane
CAW Director of Transportation
"CN's position right now is, as of yesterday was, they are not going to deal with these issues".

The CAW bargaining team wants to force the companies back to the table and see the threat of a strike as the way to do that.


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