NS Reaches Pact With Conductors on Work Rules

Norfolk Southern has reached agreement on work rule issues with the union representing its conductors.

The Class 1 carrier and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers–Transportation Division (SMART-TD) said on Friday that the agreement would offer “a comprehensive suite of new benefits and workplace enhancements to improve quality of life for NS’s conductors.”

In a news release NS said the changes include technology-driven enhancements that offer all conductors scheduled days off and greater certainty around their weekly assignments; tools and work-rule changes that provide greater transparency and flexibility to enjoy their vacation and other paid time off; higher reimbursement for meals when away from home, and additional compensation when working weekends and spending time away from home; and up to seven days of paid sick leave, including five new paid sick days and the option to use two days of existing leave, to care for their personal well-being.

The agreement is subject to ratification by union members. NS said the pact also fulfills a stipulation in the 2022 new contract to discuss scheduling enhancements and other related work rule items.

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