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Defined benefit pension plan maintained

Saturday, July 20, Daily Gleaner

TORONTO - The union representing 2,100 workers at Via Rail said Friday its members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of approving new collective agreements.

The Canadian Auto Workers union said the new three year agreements include wage increases, improved job security for part-time workers and new joint apprenticeship committees.

The deals also maintain the workers' defined benefit pension plan.

The CAW represents three groups of workers, each covered by their own collective agreements.

The union said off-board, station and phone service staff voted 83 per cent in favour of the new deal, while on-board service staff voted 88 per cent in favour. Shopcraft and skilled trades maintenance workers voted 86 per cent in favour.

A tentative deal between the union and the passenger railway was reached last month just ahead of a strike deadline.