Local rail workers with Canadian Pacific have a new, 4-year agreement to look over. Members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conferece at Canadian Pacific voted 64.7 per cent to ratify the new agreement, covering 3,000 conductors and locomotive engineers across the province.

This comes after a short strike by CP train crews in May. Roughly 80 local workers were affected by the strike. Union officials say they are now focused on implementing the new collective agreement and moving forward with the company.

“Our members demonstrated incredible solidarity during the negotiations and the strike,” said Doug Finnson, President of the TCRC. “Workers won a fair deal from CP. Moving forward, we hope to continue working with the company to improve job conditions and ease labour relations.”

Fatigue was one of the major issues behind the recent strike. Under the new collective agreement, workers will be able to book 48-hour rest periods three times a month instead of only twice. There was also improved rest provisions for yard employees in the agreement.

The new contract also addressed other equity issues, improvements to work rules, benefits and provides a 9 per cent increase over the term of the agreement. The agreement expires at the end of 2021.

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