BLET Members OK Pact with I&O

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have approved a new contract with the Indiana & Ohio Railway.

The union said more than 80 percent of those voting favored ratifying the five-year pact, which covers wages, work rules, and health and welfare benefits for 50 engineers, conductors and trainees.

BLET said the contract calls for a pay hike of 28.6 percent over the life of the contract, which ends Dec. 31, 2020.

The contract also upgrades vacation leave with members receiving an additional vacation day when reaching five-, 10- and 15-year work anniversaries with the company.

Members will receive 10 paid holidays and five flex days. There is also language pertaining to holiday and jury duty pay, as well as bereavement leave.

In a news release, BLET said I&O members are part of the Genesee & Wyoming’s Midwest Region health and welfare plan. The agreement changes the membership’s 401k plan and provides a voucher for two pairs of boots per year.

The contract also outlines procedures for disciplinary hearings and specifies a grievance and arbitration process.

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