Posts Tagged ‘Railroad union contracts’

Unions Report Little Progress in Contract Talks

September 24, 2021

Although no agreement is imminent railroad labor unions continue to talk with the nation’s railroads about a new contract although progress has been slow to achieve.

The Coordinated Bargaining Coalition, which represents the unions, said in-person bargaining sessions resumed in August. The two sides have been meeting since early 2020.

The protracted nature of the talks is not unexpected as it typically has taken years for unions and railroads to hammer out an agreement.

The CBC said this week that it has not received any carrier proposals since January 2021 that  it considers “worthy of consideration.

In a statement, the CBC said its position is that the unions are not going to accept a concessionary agreement on a voluntary basis.

A CBC statement said union workers believe they have been treated like expendable workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our members are infuriated that they have worked through these conditions without a wage increase in over two years and it is unacceptable that the nation’s rail carriers continue to stonewall CBC unions in our effort to settle our contract negotiations on a voluntary basis,” the statement said.

Union Members OK Pact with WNY&P

July 22, 2020

Union members have approved a new contract with the Western New York & Pennsylvania.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said the contract was ratified unanimously.

The pact, which is effective through 2025, provides wage increases of about 25 percent over the life of the contract and includes an immediate $2 per hour increase in pay and general wage increases effective Jan. 1 each year through Jan. 1, 2025.

Terms also call for for additional pay for each tour of duty on remote control assignments.

Personal time off also was approved and discipline and investigation rules were modified to provide for limited electronic communication with a fall-back provision that if communication is not accomplished within 24 hours, the documents will be mailed via U.S. Mail.

The WNYP’s mainline ruins for 190 miles from Hornell, New York, to Meadville, Pennsylvania, with a 90-mile branch from Machias, New York, to North Driftwood, Pennsylvania.

Class 1 Collective Bargaining to Start Jan. 26, CSX to Talk Separately With Unions on Wages and Work Rules

January 16, 2020

Collective bargaining between U.S. Class 1 railroads and their unions will get underway on Feb. 26 in Washington.

However, CSX has said that it plans to negotiate with the unions separately on wages and work rules.

The six Class 1 railroads make up the National Carriers’ Conference Committee that represents their interests in labor negotiations.

But CSX said this week it will only participate in that bargaining on matters of health and welfare. It is not clear when CSX will begin meeting with its unions other than it will be later this month.

Negotiating sessions this year involving the Carriers’ Conference are also slated to be held in Cleveland, Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska.

Labor unions, which represent 125,000 railroad workers that involved in the contract talks include: American Train Dispatchers Association, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, International Association of Machinists, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, National Conference of Firemen & Oilers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Transport Workers Union of America, Transportation Communications Union, and SMART-Transportation Division.

Contract negotiations take place every five years and are governed by the Railway Labor Act, which seeks to avoid major railroad strikes because of their potential to harm the U.S. economy.

Railroad labor agreements do not have expiration dates and negotiations can take years to complete.

Observes expect negotiations this year to be contentious as railroads push for single-person crews with conductors to be made into ground-based positions.

P&L MOW Workers OK New Contract

July 17, 2019

Union maintenance of way workers at the Paducah & Louisville have approved a five-year contract.

The workers are members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division and the contract they ratified includes general wage increases of 13.75 percent over the life of the contract, with a $500 signing bonus and a protected number of positions.

BMWED said in a news release that the contract will keep P&L employees wages above the national average.

The contract also contains language pertaining to work rules, including a freeze on health and welfare contributions, prescription co-pays and deductibles.

The agreement is back dated to Jan. 1, 2019, with back pay, through Dec. 31, 2023.

2 Unions Agree to Arbitration to Settle Contracts

March 10, 2018

Two railroad unions have agreed to seek binding arbitration in an effort to seek a new contract with the National Carriers’ Conference, which represents the nation’s major freight railroad.

The unions involved are the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division-IBT  and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers.

The unions and Carriers’ Conference have agreed to use arbitration to decide the health insurance benefits for the union workers.

“These agreements reflect our shared commitment to finding the best method to bring our bargaining to a conclusion,” said NCCC Chairman A. Kenneth Gradia in a statement. “We are now much closer to a final resolution with all the rail unions.”

BMWE and SMART-Mechanical Division represent 29,000 employees.

Seven other unions representing 102,000 employees have ratified new contracts with the railroads that include wage increases and retroactive pay.

Those unions are the American Train Dispatchers Association; Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen; Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; Brotherhood Railway Carmen; International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Transportation Division including Yardmasters; National Conference of Firemen and Oilers; and Transportation Communications International Union.

Three unions remain in mediation. They are the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Iron Ship Builders, Forgers and Helpers.

SMART Members OK Contract With Amtrak

February 19, 2018

Members of the SMART Transportation Division have ratified a contract agreement with Amtrak.

The pact covers conductors, assistant conductors and yardmasters represented by the union.

Effective April 1, the agreement provides a compounded 18.83 percent pay increase over the life of the contract plus retroactive pay.

The contract also caps monthly health care contributions, adds telemedicine services and establishes a lower-cost health plan available to employees on Jan. 1, 2019.

Amtrak and the union reached agreement on the contract last month and it will be in effect through 2021.

BLET Members OK New Contract with NS

February 3, 2015

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have ratified a new five-year contract with Norfolk Southern that will set pay and work rules for about 4,600 locomotive engineers.

Health and welfare benefits for the engineers will be bargained nationally later this year.

The pact provides engineers with an annual bonus opportunity based on corporate performance through 2019 and, for the first time, includes individual incentive opportunities based on personal performance

NS officials said in a news release that the contract includes changes to improve engineer work scheduling, which will help ensure the Class I has a more stable and available workforce while providing employees with more predictable schedules, they said.

“The new agreement builds on our long history of collaborative problem-solving with the BLET, and it will have a positive impact on employees, our customers and the long-term success of the company,” said NS Labor Relations Vice President Scott Weaver.