Friday, February 03, 2012

NCCC, BMWE line up in accord

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The nation's freight railroads say they have reached a tentative agreement with the last of 13 labor unions, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees.

The National Carriers’ Conference Committee, representing 30 railroads, cautioned the pact has to be ratified by BMWE member vote. But NCCC was optimistic that BMWE would ratify the agreement, as other unions have done.

Indeed, contract ratifications were announced Thursday by the railroads with members of the American Train Dispatchers Association and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, making 12 agreements ratified in all.

"These agreements demonstrate that voluntary bargaining continues to work in the rail industry," A. Kenneth Gradia, chairman of the National Carriers' Conference Committee, the railroads' bargaining representative, said in a news release. "The carriers and the unions, with the critical support of the National Mediation Board, have resolved their differences, ensuring they will continue to work together to help drive America's economic growth today and in the future."