Unions Deride Contract Proposals

Railroad labor unions said last week that none of the new contract proposals made by the Class 1 railroads have been worthy of consideration.

The statement put out by the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition said it will continue to meet with representatives of the carriers.

The CBC represents more than 105,000 railroad workers or more than 80 percent of the workforce that is affected by the negotiations.

Meetings with the National Carriers Conference Committee began in late 2019. The NCCC represents most Class 1 railroads and some smaller carriers.

The union announcement noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has made meetings a challenge and most presentations have been made virtually. Additional meeting have been set early this year.

“The parties will continue to meet in good faith as we move into 2021, fully cognizant that it is our members who must ratify any voluntary agreement,” the union statement said.

Although the previous contract has expired, that contract remains in force and there is no expiration date.

The last contract talks began in January 2015 and didn’t conclude until late 2018 with some terms of the new agreement being applied retroactively.

The last railroad work stoppage occurred in 1992.

The unions involved in the CBC include the American Train Dispatchers Association; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen/Teamsters Rail Conference; the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; the International Association of Machinists; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers/SEIU; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; the Transport Workers Union of America  the Transportation Communications Union/IAM, including TCU’s Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Division; and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers.

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