January 16, 2007 15:30 ET

Engineers on CN's former GTW territory renew hourly-rate labor contract

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2007) - CN announced today the renewal of an hourly-rate labor contract by approximately 240 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Union (BLE&T) who work on the company's former Grand Trunk Western (GTW) territory.

Ratification of the five-year labor contract was 91 per cent. This new contract is retroactive to Aug. 1, 2005, and includes wage increases for BLE&T members.

In contrast with traditional mileage- and rule-based wage systems for engine crews dating back to the steam locomotive era, GTW BLE&T members are paid hourly wages and enjoy job security in exchange for greater work rule flexibility for the company. Most of CN's train and engine employees in the United States are covered by hourly-rate labor agreements.

The GTW's main line between Chicago and Port Huron, Mich., is a key link in CN's rail corridor between the U.S. Midwest, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces.

CN - Canadian National Railway Company - 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 cities 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.

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