September 9, 2010
CAW opens negotiations with CN

September 9, 2010, the CAW officially opened collective bargaining negotiations with CN in Montreal.  The union represents 4,300
members at CN Rail across Canada, including clerical and intermodal workers (CAW National Council 4000) and shopcraft workers
(CAW Local 100).

CAW National President Ken Lewenza said the union’s negotiating team raised a number of significant issues with the company
during the opening round of deliberations, including wages, pensions, benefits, job security and working conditions.

“Every agreement we bargain today is challenging, especially in the context of difficult economic times,” Lewenza said.  “However,
we are well aware that this corporation has seen major gains in its bottom line and productivity over the years and that’s a direct
result of the hard work and dedication of our members.  Our aim is to bargain a deal that recognizes our members’ contribution to
the company’s success.”

CAW Local 100 President John Burns said the union bargaining committee looks forward to working with CN Rail to negotiate a new
collective agreement that is positive for both sides.

“We are confident that we can get over the hurdles that lay ahead of us,” Burns said.

CAW National Council 4000 President Barry Kennedy said the union is committed to addressing the major demands and issues as
raised by the membership.

“We are coming into these talks focused on improving the quality of our work and the standard of living of our members.”  

The CAW-CN Collective Agreements expires on December 31, 2010.

A schedule for further negotiations is being planned with the company, and updates will be provided once they are available on the
union’s various websites, as well as via the CAW’s communiqué - Railfax.

Source:  CAW News