CN reaches contract with U.S. train crews

Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:22pm EST
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canadian National Railway and unionized train crews on its lines in the U.S. Midwest and South have reached a new four-year contract deal, the sides said on Tuesday.

Financial details of the tentative agreement for 600 workers represented by the United Transportation Union were not released, but it retains the hourly pay system instituted in the previous contract.

The new contract covers brakemen and conductors on the former Illinois Central and Chicago, Central & Pacific rail lines now owned by Montreal-headquartered CN. The deal is retroactive to August 2006.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, Editing Peter Galloway)

 
<p>Trains shunt cars at the CN Intermodal yard in Brampton February 23, 2007. Canadian National Railway and unionized train crews on its lines in the U.S. Midwest and South have reached a new four-year contract deal, the sides said on Tuesday. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski</p>