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UPDATE 1-CP Rail deal will give workers 9 pct raise over 4 years -union
(Adds details about contract)
By Allison Lampert
MONTREAL, June 6 (Reuters) - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd
conductors and locomotive engineers will get a 9 percent
salary hike over four years as part of a tentative agreement
reached last week with the Teamsters, a union spokesman said on
The agreement, which must first be ratified by members to go
into effect this year, would give the 3,000 workers an increase
of 2 percent for the first three years and 3 percent during the
last year, Teamsters Canada spokesman Chris Monette told Reuters
The collective agreement replaces the workers' last contract
which expired at the end of 2017.
Calgary-based CP could not be immediately reached for
comment about the new contract details revealed on Wednesday.
Canada's second-largest railroad operator reached the
tentative agreement with the union on May 30, ending a strike
that threw industries dependent on its transportation services
The strike came at a time of tight rail capacity in Canada,
with CP and rival Canadian National Railway facing
strong demand for shipments of grain, potash and other
commodities. The company, which employs 12,500 workers, is a
leading shipper of grain, crude oil and frac sand in North
CP workers had been asking for more predictable schedules to
combat crew fatigue in an industry where workers are largely
Monette said workers will now "have improved scheduling"
because they will be able to book three 48 hours periods off a
month, where they will not be on call, up from two right now.
Monette said the union has not yet "finalized the timeline"
for when the ratification vote will take place.
(Reporting By Allison Lampert
Editing by Marguerita Choy)
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