The agreement, which more than 96% of voting BLET members ratified, provides for five general wage increases and two retroactive payments totaling a compounded value of 21.2% over the life of the agreement, which runs through January 1, 2019. Members will also receive a $3,000 signing bonus. Wage increases will become effective July 1, 2014, and include retroactive payments for affected employees to July 1, 2012.
The agreement also governs numerous work rules and employee health and welfare benefits. The contract provides for a 23.8% increase to the membership’s deferred compensation plan, and Metra’s contribution will increase to $10.40 per member, per day by the end of the agreement. Other elements include a 38% increase in certification pay for locomotive engineers to $18 per day. Also, members will now be allowed to bank personal leave days accumulated while working in other crafts prior to earning promotion to locomotive engineer.