Arlington, VA (November 9, 2022) – The National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), which represents the nation’s freight rail carriers in national collective bargaining, today issued the following statement:
The NCCC and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (BMWED) have agreed that the current cooling off period, which had been set to expire on November 19, will be extended until at least December 4 and is subject to further extension to maintain alignment, if necessary, with other labor organizations. This extension eliminates the threat of a near-term freight rail service disruption.
The railroads will remain engaged with BMWED throughout the extended cooling off period and will continue to seek an agreement based on the framework recommended by Presidential Emergency Board 250. Agreements based on the PEB’s recommendations were endorsed by President Biden as a “win for tens of thousands of rail workers” and have been ratified by the members of seven other unions. Three unions have open ratification votes, and the cooling off period extension announced today will allow the members of these unions to complete their voting without disruption from the threat of a strike.
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