CN workers vote in favour of strike

TORONTO — Unifor members working at CN voted in support of strike action amid ongoing negotiations in which CN has tabled a package of broad concessions.

Local 100 members voted 98 per cent, and Council 4000 members voted 97 per cent, in favour of strike action. The earliest possible date of job action would be March 21, following a 72-hour notice.

“CN continues to report record quarterly earnings as a result of the work of Unifor members. In a time of massive profits, rail workers deserve to be compensated fairly and treated with respect. With these strike mandates they have shown they are united in these demands,” said Lana Payne, Unifor national president.

Unifor has five collective agreements with CN Rail, which cover mechanics, clerical workers, excavator operators. All 3,600 Unifor workers in Local 100 and Council 4000 are covered by these agreements – four of which will be negotiated during this current round of bargaining.

Unifor’s two national bargaining committees have engaged in six bargaining sessions since the parties formally opened negotiations on October 19, 2022. On December 9, the union filed for conciliation to help progress negotiations.

The bargaining committees are set to meet with the employer again during the week of March 13.

“Unifor’s bargaining committees remain fully committed to reaching a collective agreement that recognizes the value and contributions of rail workers,” said Dave Kissack, president of Unifor Council 4000.

Unifor Local 100 represents skilled trades in mechanical shops and Unifor Council 4000 represents intermodal, clerical, mechanics and excavator operators. Unifor is the largest union at CN.