National bargaining between the nation’s major freight railroads and the 13 unions that represent 145,000 employees has entered its second year.
Among the nation’s most highly compensated employees
Generous benefits for America’s freight rail employees
Railroads need flexibility in utilizing personnel to meet industry challenges
Freight railroads have heavily reinvested profits
Because railroads are central to the functioning of the American economy, collective bargaining in the railroad industry is much different than typical labor negotiations. Most important, it is governed by the Railway Labor Act (“RLA”), a federal statute designed to bring the parties to agreement without disruptions to rail transportation.