Members of the Transportation Communications International Union (TCU) and Brotherhood Railway Carmen (BRC) have ratified new contract terms with the nation’s major freight railroads. The agreements cover more than 17,000 employees.
“I am pleased that more than 70% 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 (NCCC), the bargaining representative for the railroads. “These latest results continue the steady stream of contract ratifications by railroad employees over the last six weeks.”
The following unions, which represent 84,000 employees in the bargaining, previously ratified their agreements with the railroads:
• 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 Transportation, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific, in national bargaining with the twelve rail unions. Bargaining began in 2015.