Unifor has reached tentative collective agreements with CN Rail, averting strike action.

“These negotiations were fraught with challenges, including demands for concessions by CN,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “With the solid support of the membership, the bargaining committees were able to stand up to this large profitable company and persevere to secure the tentative agreements.”

The four tentative collective agreements cover Local 100 and Council 4000 members across the country. Unifor’s two national bargaining committees opened negotiations with CN in October 2022.

Unifor Council 4000 represents intermodal, clerical, mechanics and excavator operators. Unifor is the largest union at CN.

“The bargaining committees remained determined in their goal to achieve solid tentative agreements to bring back to the membership,” said Dave Kissack, President of Unifor Council 4000. “These agreements are a testament to their work.”

Details of the collective agreement will not be released until after ratification. Ratification votes will be held in the near future.