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BLET members ratify new contracts with TASI, Louisville & Indiana

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 7 ó Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have ratified two new contracts in recent weeks: one with Transit America Services Inc. (TASI) for Caltrain engineers, and one with the Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC).

The TASI agreement was ratified on October 15 and governs wages, benefits and work rules for more than 60 members. The five-year agreement provides for general wage increases of 14.5% through 2021, including retroactive pay to 2017. BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce recognized General Chairman Mark Kenny and the members of the Amtrak General Committee of Adjustmentís (GCA) Executive Committee for bringing the negotiations to a successful conclusion. He also thanked the TASI membership for their perseverance and participation in the negotiating process.

With an average of 65,000 riders each weekday, Caltrain commuter service operates between San Francisco on the north end, through San Jose to Gilroy on the south end. Previously, Amtrak operated the service until the spring of 2012.

The LIRC contract was ratified on October 28 and governs wages, benefits and work rules for approximately 20 members. The five-year agreement runs through November 2024 and provides a 17% increase in wages over the life of the agreement. The BLET successfully negotiated guaranteed rest days on the guaranteed extra board, secured expanded bereavement leave, and protected the seniority of the membership when filling vacancies.

President Pierce recognized General Chairman Randy Fannon, Norfolk Southern-Eastern Lines GCA, and the members of his negotiating team for their hard work throughout negotiations. President Pierce also thanked the LIRC membership for their voting in this most important of union processes.

The Louisville & Indiana Railroad is a subsidiary of the Anacostia Rail Holdings Company and is headquartered in Jeffersonville, Ind. Its 106-mile main line runs between Louisville, Ky., and Indianapolis, Ind. Anacostia Rail Holdings acquired the former Pennsylvania Railroad trackage from Conrail and began operating 25 years ago on March 12, 1994. It connects with CSXT, Norfolk Southern, the Indiana Rail Road, and the Paducah & Louisville Railway.

Thursday, November 7, 2019
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