CN reaches tentative deal with Quebec short line locomotive conductors

MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) says it has reached a tentative agreement with the union representing 93 locomotive engineers and conductors on its Northern Quebec Internal Short Line.

The four-year deal with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference provides wage increases and benefit improvements, but details have not been released pending a ratification vote in February.

Earlier this month, the Montreal-based railway reached a tentative agreement with about 3,000 maintenance-of-way employees represented by the United Steelworkers union.

The railway failed this week to reach agreement with Unifor involving four bargaining units representing 4,800 clerical, intermodal and mechanical workers, as well as truck owner-operators and excavator operators whose contracts expire Dec. 31.

Talks are slated to resume in January.

CN said it is “remains optimistic that it can reach an agreement with Unifor in the near term.”