Volume 21 - Number 5
After almost two and a half years of negotiating, the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (RLBC) finalized its tentative agreement with the National Carrier's Conference Committee (NCCC), and the document has been sent to members for ratification.
Rail Labor is united in support of the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2007, a bill that would provide sweeping reforms to railroad safety regulations and vastly improve the quality of life for all railroad workers.
The bill, H.R. 2095, was introduced on May 1 by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, following lengthy consultation with supportive rail unions.
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen marked its 144th anniversary this month. The union was founded as the Brotherhood of the Footboard on May 8, 1863, in Marshall, Mich.
This means that the unanimous ruling of the three-judge panel upholding rail labor's position - that the FMLA does not override the right secured to employees in the vacation and personal leave agreements to choose when to use their paid leave - stands.