2 More Railroad Unions Ratify Contract

A new contract between the nation’s major freight railroads and members of the Transportation Communications International Union and the Brotherhood Railway Carmen  unions has been ratified.

The new agreement covers more than 17,000 employees.

“I am pleased that more than 70 percent of our employees have now ratified the national settlement terms and even more, that they are approving them by overwhelming margins,” said A. Kenneth Gradia, Chairman of the National Carriers’ Conference Committee, which represented the railroads in the contract talks.

Unions representing 84,000 employees have ratified their agreements with the railroads. These include:

  • American Train Dispatchers Association
  • Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen
  • Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen International
  • Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers ─ Transportation Division including Yardmasters
  • National Conference of Firemen and Oilers

Ratification voting on the railroads’ agreements with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is underway.

The NCCC represents more than 30 railroads, including BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific, in national bargaining with the 12 rail unions. Bargaining began in 2015.

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