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March 26, 2024 — CN and the TCRC union have resumed negotiations with the support of federal conciliators appointed on March 1. During the conciliation period, the parties will continue meeting to reach a negotiated agreement, and it remains our goal to work towards a negotiated agreement that is good for our employees, customers, and the economy.

We value our relationship with unions representing CN employees and will continue to negotiate in good faith with the TCRC union leaders.

Additionally, CN remains committed to modernizing the contract to ensure employees are satisfied – both with financial compensation and with work-life balance. For further transparency on CN’s position and to address questions about CN’s offer to the TCRC, below is a summary of the offer.

  • Consistent schedules with guaranteed consecutive days off (a minimum of consecutive 2 days off per 7-day period). Employees will know, in advance, the days they are at work and the days they are off – giving them more flexibility and work-life balance.
    Further, they cannot be called to work during the scheduled days off at their home terminal.
  • Hourly rate The following model raises employees’ existing wages to ensure equitable compensation aligned with the dedication and effort they bring to their role every day. The hourly rate model also provides employees with improved income predictability.
      Existing Mileage Agreement Hourly Proposal ($70/hr for Locomotive Engineers and $60/hr for Conductors)
    Wage Range - $130,080 - $200,000+
      2023 Average Salary Minimum Guarantee Statutory Holiday Payments Guaran-
    teed Minimum Annual Earnings
    Overtime @ 10% Heldaway Expected Average Annual Earnings
    Conductor   $120,790  $124,800  $5,280  $130,080  $12,480  $2,966  $145,526
     Road conductor  $127,396 $124,800  $5,280 $130,080  $12,480 $4,238  $146,798
     Yard conductor  $105,386  $124,800  $5,280  $130,080 $12,480  $0  $142,560
     Engineer  $149,383 $145,600 $6,160 $151,760 $14,560 $6,272 $172,592
     Road engineer  $150,569 $145,600 $6,160 $151,760 $14,560 $6,473 $172,793
     Yard engineer  $112,382 $145,600 $6,160 $151,760 $14,560 $0 $166,320

    Minimum guarantee = 40 hours x 52 weeks x hourly rate (This figure includes payments for hours worked on statutory holidays at straight time, extra payment for premium rate is not estimated)
    Statutory holiday payments = 8 hours x 11 days x hourly rate (This figure does not estimate payments for hours worked on statutory holidays)
    Overtime = Minimum guaranteed earnings x 10% estimation of overtime (equates to 4 hours of overtime per week). This figure will vary dependent on the overtime an employee elects to work.
    Heldaway = 2023 average heldaway payments under current agreement were used as estimation. Actual heldaway above the minimum guarantee will vary dependent on the time an employee actually spends held away from home.

  • Guaranteed 40 hours of work per week. All employees, including those on the spareboard, regardless of classification, will have a paid guarantee of a minimum of 40 hours of work per week.
  • Equitable pay for everyone across classifications. Yard and road conductors will earn the same hourly rate. Yard and road locomotive engineers will earn the same hourly rate.
  • Overtime paid at time and a half. When an employee works beyond their scheduled hours, they will earn overtime paid at time and a half.
  • Limits on the number of hours worked in line with the Transport Canada Duty and Rest Period Rules.
       o Reset breaks will now be scheduled and employees will know in advance, allowing for more predictability.
       o Maximum hours of work will comply with those set out in the Duty and Rest Period Rules.
       o Employees will continue to self-assess their fitness for duty before going to work using the KSS Scale.
  • Examples of schedules:
       o 5 days a week at 8 hours a day – 2 consecutive days off with no calls for duty
       o 4 days a week at 10 hours per day – 3 consecutive days off with no calls for duty
       o 6 days a week at 8 hours a day - 3 consecutive days off with no calls for duty

Frequently Asked Questions - For CN TCRC-represented employees:

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