2 more freight rail unions reach tentative agreements for new labor contract

By Joanna Marsh
September 2, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Two more railroad unions have reached tentative labor agreements with the U.S. freight railroads right before Labor Day weekend. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) both said the labor agreements are based on recommendations from the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB), a three-person independent committee appointed by President Joe Biden that sought to come up with ways that the unions and railroads could settle their differences. The two unions represent about 6,000 freight rail employees, according to the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), the group representing the Class I railroads in the contract negotiations. So far, five of the 12 railroad unions have reached a tentative agreement, representing a total of more than 21,000 employees, according to the NCCC. …Altogether, the unions that have reached agreements represent roughly 15% of the over 140,000 employees at the bargaining table. 

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