Posts Tagged ‘Railroad labor unions’

NS Reaches More Pacts on Sick Leave

March 20, 2023

Norfolk Southern said it has reached agreements with additional labor unions on providing four paid sick leave days.

The latest pacts were reached with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Blacksmiths, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen.

That brings to nine the number of unions with which NS has reached agreements on sick days. Twelve unions represent NS workers.

In the announcement, NS said workers will have the flexibility to use up to three additional days of existing paid time off as sick leave.

NS Reaches Sick Leave Pacts With 2 Unions

March 13, 2023

Two more labor unions representing workers at Norfolk Southern have agreed to pacts providing paid sick leave.

The agreements provide four new days of paid sick leave while also offering flexibility to use up to three additional days of existing paid time off as sick leave.

The unions reaching the agreements were the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation Workers, Mechanical Department; and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The pacts affect 650 workers.

NS reached similar agreements last month with the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers nd the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees.

NS, Union Reach Pact on Sick Leave

February 23, 2023

Norfolk Southern and one of its labor unions has reached an agreement to provide four paid days of sick leave.

The pact with the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will affect 3,000 workers.

Aside from granting four days of sick leave, the agreement gives workers the ability to apply up to three paid personal leave days for a total of up to seven days of paid sick leave.

CSX and Union Pacific have reached similar agreements with some of their unions to provide paid sick leave, which was a point of contention in negotiations last year for a contract extension.

CSX Reaches More Pacts on Paid Sick Days

February 16, 2023

CSX has reached additional agreements with two other unions on four days of paid sick time off work.

The most recent pacts are with additional divisions of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen.

Earlier agreements had been reached with the IAM Roadway Mechanics and the BRC Carmen for Fruit Growers Express Company.

The agreements are the most recent of six paid sick leave agreements CSX has reached with its unions within the past week.

2 More Unions to Get Sick Pay at CSX

February 11, 2023

Two more railroad labor unions have reached agreements with CSX to receive four days of paid sick leave for their members.

The unions are the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers.

CSX reached similar agreements earlier this week with the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen.

The agreement with IAM District 19 covers 700 workers.

CSX, 2 Unions Agree to Paid Sick Leave

February 7, 2023

Two railroad labor unions have reached agreement with CSX for their members to receive four days of paid sick leave.

The agreements cover members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and members of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen.

The agreements affects about 5,000 workers of whom 4,000 are in the maintenance of way union.

In a news release, the carmen union said the sick leave will be 100 percent of the employees’ rate of pay, and the agreement allows union members the opportunity to designate the use of personal leave days for sick leave.

Rail Unions Continue Push for Paid Sick Leave

February 7, 2023

Railroad labor unions may have failed to win paid sick leave in the last round of contract negotiations, but they are continuing the fight.

Last week 12 unions adopted a resolution calling for railroads to give all workers paid sick leave.

The resolution said the majority of rail workers don’t have paid sick leave and are all subject to discipline for work absences due to illness and injury.

“The lack of paid sick leave for all railroad workers, 30 years following the passage of the Family Medical Leave Act is unacceptable,” the resolution states.

.The unions also are pressuring Congress to adopt legislation requiring paid sick leave for rail workers and eliminating penalties and punishments for using that time.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) have said they are working to draft such legislation.

BLET Reaches Agreement with SBR

January 14, 2023

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen has reached a tentative contract agreement with the South Buffalo Railway

Union members have until Feb. 10 to fill out and return a ratification ballot on the new pact. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

SBR workers are members of BLET Division 16. Owned by Genesee & Wyoming, SBR owns 52 miles of track in New York State and its operations are merged with the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.

Pierce to Retire as BLET President

December 17, 2022

Dennie R. Pierce, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, said Friday in a statement posted to the union’s website that he would retire from his position.

The statement was posted shortly after news broke that Pierce had been edged out in voting for another four-year term by Edward A. Hall.

In his statement, Pierce said the BLET’s Elections Protest Committee had determined that rule violations that occurred during the election required that the voting be rerun.

But rather than go through another round of balloting, Pierce said he would retire effective Dec. 31. Hall will become BLET president on Jan. 1. With Pierce stepping aside it means Hall has been elected by acclimation.

“I have also advised national president-rlect Hall that I will assist him in his transition to our union’s highest office to the fullest extent that he desires,” Pierce said in his statement.

Pierce has been BLET president since 2010. He began his railroad career working for the Burlington Northern.

Earlier reports indicated during the recent voting, that 26 percent of the ballots sent to the union’s members were returned. Hall received 4,331 votes while Pierce received 3,822 votes.

The statement can be read at https://ble-t.org/news/election-statement-by-dennis-r-pierce/

Pierce Reportedly Out as BLET President

December 15, 2022

Dennis R. Pierce, the president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, appears to have been ousted after 12 years in the position according to reports by Railway Age magazine, the Associated Press and other sources.

Railway Age reported on its website that in recent voting, BLET members gave Edward A. Hall 57 percent of the vote. However, a union website, More Perfect Union, reported that Hall received 53 percent of the vote.

The Railway Age report said only about half of eligible BLET members voted and Hall’s winning margin was reportedly less than 500 votes.

During his campaign, Hall made an issue out of the tentative amended labor agreement that BLET members narrowly approved during a ratification vote. Pierce was one of labor’s lead chief negotiators during the final weeks of contract talks.

The union plans to officially announce the results of the vote on Dec. 19.

Pierce was chosen BLET president in December 2010 and re-elected by acclimation in 2014 and 2018 when he faced no opposition.

Hall will take office on Jan. 1. He has never held a national union leadership post. He began his railroad career with Southern Pacific in 1995 in El Paso, Texas.

Before that he was a corrections officer in Houston. Hall has held union divisional offices during his time on the railroad, including serving as first vice local chairperson for Division 28 in Tucson, Arizona.