Posts Tagged ‘railroad workforce’

Rail Employment Up Slightly in February

April 29, 2020

Employment at Class 1 railroads in mid March was 127,867, which was up 0.18 percent since mid February, but down 11.78 percent compared with March 2019′.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said four of six employment categories posted month-to-month decreases.

These included professional and administrative, down 0.66 percent to 10,746 employees; transportation maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.49 percent to 22,062; transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.19 percent to 5,306; and executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.11 percent to 7,568.

Rising were transportation (train and engine), up 0.68 percent to 51,801 employees; and maintenance of way and structures, up 0.26 percent to 30,384.

On a year over year basis, all categories saw declines. These included maintenance of equipment and stores, down 16.68 percent; transportation (train and engine), down 16.01 percent; professional and administrative, down 5.93 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 4.64 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 4.98 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants, down 4.54 percent.

2 More Railroad Unions Ratify Contract

January 25, 2018

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.

Class 1 Railroad Employment Dipped in January

February 22, 2016

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said that the number of employees at Class 1 railroads fell by 8.67 percent to 156,602 employees in mid-January when compared to similar figures in January 2015.

STBThe STB said all reported employment categories showed decreases when compared with employment figures for mid-December.

When comparing employment for January 2016 with January 2015, all reported categories reflected decreases in number of employees.

U.S. Railroad Workforce Count Fell in October

November 28, 2015

The workforce of U.S. railroads fell in October by 2.14 percent from that of a year ago the Surface Transportation Board reported.

Railroads employed 165,606 people in October, which was also down slightly from the workforce count in September.

On a month-over-month basis, the size of the Class I workforce fell in four of the six employment categories that the STB measures.