United Transportation Union

United Transportation Union

January 22, 2008 12:02 ET

CN and UTU announce tentative labor pact

Agreement would renew hourly rate agreement on former IC, CCP

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS AND CLEVELAND, OHIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2008) - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) and the United Transportation Union (UTU) today announced a tentative labor agreement applying to approximately 600 UTU members working on CN's former Illinois Central (IC) and Chicago, Central & Pacific (CCP) properties in the Midwest and southern U.S.

The four-year agreement would renew, for the first time, the hourly rate agreement for conductors and brakemen on the former IC and CCP. If ratified, the agreement would be retroactive to Aug. 1, 2006, and run through July 31, 2010.

Kim Madigan, CN vice-president of Labor Relations, said: "CN is pleased to have reached this agreement with the UTU. As both parties have learned through the last few years, this new type of agreement improves our operations and service to our customers, our employees' compensation and quality of life, and our relationships in the field and at the bargaining table. All of us appreciated the participation of the UTU's international president in this process."

CN has hourly rate agreements in place for virtually all of its U.S. train and engine employees.

UTU International President Mike Futhey, who assisted in negotiations, praised the efforts of Chairpersons R. W. "Red" Dare and Tracy Bublitz, as well as the negotiating committee, which included Butch St. John and Ron Caldwell.

"Jointly, with the carrier, we have addressed a number of the concerns voiced by the membership," Futhey said. "In addition, issues beneficial to the membership will be addressed in the established labor-management conference committee. A meeting for local chairpersons will be held in Memphis on Feb. 14 for presentation of the agreement prior to the membership ratification vote."

Details of the tentative agreement are being withheld pending a ratification vote. The voting results should be announced in mid-March.

CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at

The UTU is a broad-based transportation labor union representing about 125,000 active and retired railroad, airline, bus and mass transit workers in the United States and Canada.

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