National Carriers Conference Committee

Two Takes on Health Care Arbitration: NRLC, Unions

The National Railway Labor Conference on Oct. 26 announced that an arbitrator has ruled that U.S. Class I freight railroads “may advance all but one aspect of a proposal to make network changes to the national railroad health plans.” Union leadership involved in collective bargaining with the NLRC put a different spin on it, saying, in part, “An arbitrator has rejected the railroad industry’s attempt to utilize a never-before-used contract clause imposed by Congress 30 years ago to reduce the healthcare networks available to over 250,000 railroad workers and family members on the National Healthcare Plan for Railroad Employees.”

Railroads, Labor Trade Contract-Change Demands

Collective bargaining between most of the nation’s largest railroads, represented by the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC), and their 12 craft-specific labor unions commenced Nov. 1 with the two sides exchanging broadly defined demands in preparation for face-to-face talks to amend contracts setting wages, benefits and work rules. Some two-dozen smaller railroads also are participating.

NRLC arbitration board issues health care ruling

A National Railway Labor Conference arbitration board ruled May 23 that the pattern health care terms adopted by the freight railroads and nine of the unions in national bargaining should also apply to the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWE) and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) – Mechanical Division.

Comms union, carmen ratify contract

Members of the Transportation Communications International Union (TCU) and Brotherhood Railway Carmen (BRC) have ratified new contract terms with the nation’s major freight railroads covering more than 17,000 employees.



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BLET, ATDA say no to cooling off period

The nation’s freight railroads have reached settlements with 10 of the 13 major rail unions covering more than 60% of 132,000 employees in the current round of bargaining, but a potential strike