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Coordinated Bargaining Coalition welcomes face-to-face mediation over national contract negotiations
CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 20, 2022) — The Coordinated Bargaining Coalition (CBC) Rail Labor Unions* are preparing for in-person mediation sessions before the National Mediation Board (NMB) in Washington D.C., May 24-26. The Unions hope this will help to settle their ongoing national contract dispute. After more than two years of bargaining, which can only be… Read More »Coordinated Bargaining Coalition welcomes face-to-face mediation over national contract negotiations
While waiting for a response to our recent request to the National Mediation Board that a proffer of arbitration be issued by the Board to move our contract dispute to the next level, CBC unions participated in two additional days of mediated bargaining sessions with NCCC this week. Read the complete press release.
Class I railroad carriers BNSF and NS declared an impasse this week in the mandatory bargaining over crew size under Section 6 of the Railway Labor Act (RLA). In declaring an impasse, the two railroads, represented by the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC), seek federal mediation as required by the RLA. Union Pacific Railroad is… Read More »BNSF & NS declare impasse over crew size
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 17 — BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce was reelected by acclamation to his fourth term as President of the Teamsters Rail Conference at the Rail Conference’s Fifth Quadrennial Convention in Chicago on March 17, 2022. Read the article here
- Unions critical of BNSF’s new adjustments to attendance policyReported by Joanna Marsh for Freightwaves. Two unions are still critical of BNSF’s controversial attendance policy, saying recent adjustments aren’t enough to overcome its shortcomings. “BNSF’s proposed changes to its HiViz attendance policy are unimpressive. These changes do nothing to address the policy’s fundamental flaws,” said Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. … Read more »
- BNSF changes controversial attendance policyReported by Justin Franz for Montana Free Press. Montana’s largest railroad company is making changes to a controversial new employee attendance policy after receiving pushback from railroaders and unions. But even with the changes, labor officials remain unimpressed and said BNSF Railway’s new policies could lead to unsafe working conditions on the railroad. Railroaders already lead chaotic work lives —… Read more »
- BNSF Modifying ‘Hi-Viz’ Attendance PolicyReported by Marybeth Luczak for Railway Age. BNSF now plans changes to Hi-Viz. In a recent video on the BNSF YouTube channel, VP Transportation Matt Garland discussed them. He first thanked employees by saying, “I know we’ve had a tough start to the year, and I know we’re all feeling that. We all have a lot on our minds, and I… Read more »
- Statement on BNSF’s “Hi Viz” Attendance Policy ChangesWASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, the President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, issued this statement in response to Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway’s adjustments to its “Hi Viz” attendance policy, which has increased employee turnover since taking effect on February 1st: “BNSF’s proposed changes to its Hi […] The post Statement on… Read more »
- The supply chain’s little-known weakest link: Railroad workersReported by Eleanor Mueller for Politico. In the scramble to bring prices back down, one obstacle is slowly garnering more attention: a decimated railroad workforce, which agency officials say is impeding efforts to transport goods and, in doing so, further hobbling an already-delicate supply chain. Over the last six years, Class I freight railroads — which include BNSF Railway, CSX… Read more »
- UPDATE: BNSF to Revise ‘Hi-Viz’ Attendance PolicyReported by Justin Franz for Railfan and Railroad Magazine. BNSF Railway will make adjustments to its new attendance policy that has been heavily criticized by union officials and railroaders alike. Under the “Hi-Viz” attendance policy that went into effect on February 1, railroaders had a bank of 30 points. If they missed a call or couldn’t work, they lost points.… Read more »
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