Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 14, 2011 15:25 ET

Minister Raitt Applauds New Agreements Between CN and CAW-Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Labour, congratulated the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and the National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada (CAW-Canada) for successfully reaching new collective agreements that will ensure continued service to railway users.

"I applaud CN and CAW-Canada for reaching negotiated agreements without interruption to services," said Minister Raitt. "Strong labour-management relations contribute to our country's economic prosperity and the economic security of Canadians."

The collective agreements, covering nearly 4 000 employees, expired on December 31, 2010. The dispute was settled with the assistance of mediators from the Labour Program's Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The parties will now be able to move forward and, by working together, create a constructive labour relations environment within CN.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was established to provide dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code. Mediation aims to achieve a collective agreement and avoid a work stoppage.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Raitt
    Ashley Kelahear
    Special Assistant, Media Relations
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office