May 15, 2021


Montréal, May 15, 2021 – VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) is pleased to announce the ratification of collective agreement 3 by the members of Unifor, Local 100, the union representing approximately 700 VIA Rail employees working in maintenance centres.

This two-year agreement (from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2021) was ratified by the membership on May 15 and, just like collective agreements 1 and 2, includes a 2% wage increase for 2021, benefits improvements as well as the review of several work rules.

“We are delighted that all collective agreements have now been ratified,” said Martine Rivard, Chief Employee Experience Officer. “I would, of course, like to thank all parties who were involved in this process and who contributed to this positive outcome. In spite of the unprecedented situation faced since 2020, rigour and professionalism have led to this fair and reasonable agreement. Employees in our maintenance centres are crucial in ensuring that we offer a safe and enjoyable travel experience to our passengers and we look forward to continuing to work together in order to keep being the smarter way to travel.”

Useful links:

VIA Rail Reaches tentative agreements with Unifor (January 30, 2021)

Collective agreements between VIA Rail and Unifor ratified (March 15, 2021)


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