BLET members ratify new contract with M&NA short line
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 24 — On June 20, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad. The agreement runs through 2023 and provides for improved wages and benefits for approximately 70 operating employees. Members will receive a signing bonus as well as a significant wage increase upfront and through the life of the contract. Most significantly, the agreement contains no harmful work rule changes to either the engineer or trainman crafts.
The M&NA is a short line property represented by the BLET’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (former STL-SF)/MNA General Committee of Adjustment. BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said the negotiating process lasted three years, and he thanked the membership for their patience and resilience during such a long round of negotiations.
President Pierce also thanked the negotiating team for bringing the negotiations to a successful conclusion, recognizaing: National Vice President Mike Priester; General Chairman Jeff Thurman, BNSF (former STL-SF)/MNA; former Division 178 Local Chairmen Gary Ebert and Mike Marlier; current Division 178 Local Chairman Matt Miller; former Division 116 Local Chairman and current President Court Middleton; and current Division 116 Local Chairman Ronnie Kent.
The BLET originally organized the M&NA operating employees in 1999 and their first BLET-negotiated agreement went into effect in April of 2000. The M&NA is a Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary headquartered in Carthage, Mo., and it operates over approximately 490 miles of line in Arkansas and Missouri. It interchanges with Class I carriers Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, and Kansas City Southern.
Monday, June 24, 2019
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