Friday, June 03, 2011

UTU negotiates

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A 17% pay increase is part of the new five-year national rail agreement negotiated between the United Transportation Union and the National Carriers’ Conference Committee. NCC represents 38,000 members on BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, and a number of smaller railroads.

“In the 41-year history of the UTU, this wage increase is the highest in excess of the current and projected Consumer Price Index,” said UTU International President Mike Futhey.

“Combined with the previous agreement this administration reached with the NCCC in January 2008, our members will realize a more than 40% increase in their base wages at the conclusion of this agreement, if it is ratified,” Futhey said. “A UTU member earning $80,000 in 2007 will be earning about $112,000 on the same job by 2015.”

utu_logo.jpgUTU said the tentative contract also calls for retention of the $200 monthly cap on health care cost sharing, FRA certification pay, a faster process for new hires to reach full pay rates (four years rather than five), and no rollback of the January 2011 cost-of-living adjustment.

“UTU District 1 general chairpersons voted unanimously June 2 to submit the tentative agreement to the membership for ratification under the craft autonomy provisions of the UTU Constitution. The general chairpersons also voted unanimously to recommend ratification,” said the union.

The tentative agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010, and extends through Dec. 31, 2014.

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