Canadian National Railway, Unifor begin talks on new labor contract | So Good News

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(Reuters) – Canada’s largest union Unifor said on Wednesday it has started negotiations with Canadian National Railway Co over a new contract covering more than 3,500 workers.

The current agreement expires on December 31 and the contract discussions come at a time when North American rail operators are under the scanner over labor conditions and wages.

Last month, the Biden administration secured a last-minute tentative deal between the railroads and unions to avert a potential strike, after negotiations dragged on for more than two years.

Unifor said on Wednesday that both parties exchanged proposals and agreed to meet and continue negotiations in November and December.

The union’s proposal includes higher wages and better benefits, as well as addressing the ongoing issue of outsourcing unionized work.

“We look forward to further constructive discussions with Unifor,” Canadian National Railway said.

As of December 31, Canadian National Railway had 22,604 employees, of whom 17,167 were unionized.

(Reporting by Priyamvada C in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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