Friday, June 15, 2012

BLET members ratify six-year contract with Grand Trunk Western

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Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen ratified a new a six-year collective bargaining agreement with Canadian National's Grand Trunk Western property.

The agreement governs rates of pay and work rules for more than 200 locomotive engineers. More than 70 percent of members returned ballots with better than 70 percent voting in favor.

The new agreement includes general wage increases totaling 18.6 percent, retroactive to August 1, 2010, as well as an improved away-from-home-meal allowance. It also provides a $1,000 bonus/claim settlement payable to all active engineers, and 26 additional days off for extra board engineers along with an increase in the GEB Weekly Guarantee.

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