3 more unions reach tentative agreements with freight railroads

By Noi Mahoney
September 11, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Three more railroad unions have reached tentative agreements with U.S. freight railroads on a new labor contract, announced the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC). The tentative agreements announced Sunday include the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Mechanical Department. “The tentative agreements … include a 24% wage increase during the five-year period from 2020 to 2024 — with a 14.1% wage increase effective immediately — and five annual $1,000 lump sum payments. …The three unions represent more than 86,000 freight rail employees. Eight unions have accepted tentative deals they will be taking to their members for ratification. Altogether, there are over 140,000 employees at the bargaining table employed by the U.S. operations of Class I railroads.

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