The current round of national freight railroad labor negotiations, which began January 1, 2015, concluded on September 26, 2018, with an arbitrated agreement between the IAM and the freight railroads. All involved unions have new national agreements in effect. Click here for more information on these agreements.
This bargaining round involved more than thirty freight railroads and twelve unions, representing 145,000 employees. The national agreements between the parties follow pattern terms that provide wage increases, modest health plan design changes, and improvements in health care. By agreement, the parties may not seek changes in wages and working conditions until November 1, 2019. All settlements in this bargaining round were reached through peaceful procedures under the Railway Labor Act.
“The peaceful resolution of all issues in national negotiations reflects the effectiveness of the Railway Labor Act processes in helping the parties reach agreements,” said A. Kenneth Gradia, chairman of the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), the railroads’ bargaining representative.
“We are grateful to the members and staff of the National Mediation Board who helped the parties peacefully resolve their differences. These agreements help ensure that the entire rail freight industry will continue to work together to help our economy grow and prosper in the years ahead.”
The NCCC represents more than 30 railroads, including BNSF, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific in national bargaining with the 12 major rail unions.