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Overwhelming majority ratifies new contract with SEPTA

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 9 — By an overwhelming majority of more than 96 percent, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) ratified a new contract with SEPTA on July 30.

The four-year contract covers approximately 200 locomotive engineers and runs through March 2, 2022. It governs rates of pay, work rules, and health care benefits. BLET members received a 2.0% general wage increase on the Sunday following ratification, with subsequent wage increases of 2.0% effective July 5, 2020, 3.0% effective July 4, 2021, and 3.5% effective July 3, 2022. It provides additional hourly compensation for operating with Positive Train Control (PTC).

The agreement provides that locomotive engineers who are victims of an assault or other criminal behavior during the performance of their assigned duties will be compensated for time spent in pursuit of criminal legal action against the perpetrator. The contract also clarifies that members who work on Christmas Day will receive compensation based on a minimum of eight hours of pay at the rate of time and one-half. The agreement also increases the opportunity for additional paid time off with good attendance every six months.

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce thanked the negotiating team of General Chairman Don Hill, First Vice Chairman Maurice Landon, Second Vice Chairman Terrence Sanchious, and Assigned National Vice President Jim Louis for bringing the negotiations to a successful conclusion. He also recognized now-retired General Chairman Rich Dixon for his assistance.

“These Brothers did an excellent job negotiating an outstanding agreement, as evidenced by the 96% ratification,” President Pierce said. “Our SEPTA Brothers and Sisters are to be commended for their tremendous engagement in the ratification process.”

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the regional public transportation system for the Philadelphia area, serving approximately 3.9 million people.

Friday, August 9, 2019
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