Friday, December 15, 2017

NCFO union ratifies freight rail contract

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Members of the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers have ratified their tentative contract agreement with the nation’s major freight railroads.

The NCFO, which represents 2,800 rail employees, is part of a six-union Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG). As a result, five of the six unions in the CBG have now ratified tentative agreements reached with the railroads in early October. The unions in the CBG represent 85,000 employees, almost 60% of the employees covered in this bargaining round.

Employers on Dec. 11 announced that they had reached agreement with Brotherhood Railway Carmen (BRC), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Transportation Communications Union (TCU).

In total, the railroads have now reached agreements covering wages, benefits and other issues with unions covering 116,000 employees, about 80% of the 145,000 employees in this bargaining round.

An agreement has yet to be reached with the third coalition consisting of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, representing the final 20% of affected unionized rail workers.

“We’re pleased to see yet another ratification of a tentative agreement,” said A. Kenneth Gradia, Chairman of the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), the railroads’ bargaining representative. “It is another important step in the resolution of national negotiations with all the rail unions.”

The NCCC represents more than 30 railroads, including BNSF, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific, in national bargaining with 12 rail unions. Bargaining began in 2015.





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