The National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), which represents the US freight railroads, announced on Sunday (9-11-22) that three more railroad unions have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the NCCC.
The tentative agreements reached include the Brotherhood of Maintenance Way Employees – Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers Mechanical Department. These three unions represent more than 86,000 freight rail employees.
In total, eight unions have now accepted tentative deals that they will be taking to their membership for ratification. Altogether, there are still 140,000 employees remaining at the bargaining table.
Last Friday (9-9-22), several major US Class 1 railroads announced that they would begin curtailing shipments of hazardous materials and other chemicals in event the loads could be left unattended on a rail network due to a strike action. A strike or lockout is not legal until Friday (9-16-22).
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