OTTAWA, Ont.--Canadian National Railway (CN) and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) returned to the bargaining table, working to reach a new agreement.
Mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) are assisting the parties with negotiations. The FMCS provides dispute resolution and prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.
"I am pleased that CN and the TCRC have decided to resume negotiations, as the best solution is always the one that parties reach themselves. We will continue to provide the parties with the support and assistance of mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to help them resolve their labour dispute," said the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women.
TheTeamsters Canada Rail Conference - Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY) accepted CN's offer to enter labour negotiations for a contract settlement on the condition that final and binding arbitration will apply if the parties cannot reach agreement.
The TCRC-CTY represents approximately 3,000 CN train conductors, trainpersons, yardpersons and traffic coordinators on CN's network in Canada.
"I am very pleased that the Teamsters have accepted our offer to negotiate a settlement and, failing such, to submit our differences to binding arbitration. We will meet the union next week to re-engage the discussion.
"With a process assuring contractual certainty, CN and the Teamsters can continue working on the company's recovery from an extraordinarily cold winter that hampered operations, and help our valued customers across Canadaget their goods to market," said Claude Mongeau, CN president and chief executive officer.