MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.– Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has ratified a transformational multi-year collective agreement with its 300 locomotive engineers, assistant engineers, conductors and brakemen on the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway (DM&E), represented by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET).
The men and women represented by the BLET on the DM&E join their colleagues from the Soo Line in ratifying this agreement. Soo Line employees ratified their agreement on October 9, 2015, said the railway.
The new hourly-rate agreement brings an end to a mileage-based wage system from the steam engine era and provides CP with increased flexibility and transparency, the employee with a cycle with two consecutive days off and significantly increased wages, said the company.
“This negotiated agreement gives us many more options that will help us better meet the needs of our customers and the North American economy,” said Keith Creel, CP’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “More importantly, this future-focused agreement will improve the quality of life for our employees and give them and their families more certainty.”
The agreement – which also gives BLET DM&E members the ability to participate in the employee share purchase plan – spans three years with an option for either side to revert to the former agreement if written notice is given prior to the beginning of the third year. If neither party reverts, the agreement is extended for two more years.