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BLET members ratify new contract with WNYP

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 21 — By a unanimous vote, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad (WNYP). It governs about a dozen members.

Ratified on June 15, 2020, the agreement runs through 2025 and provides wage increases of about 25% over the life of the agreement. It includes an immediate $2.00 per hour increase in pay and general wage increases effective January 1 each year through January 1, 2025, and also provides additional pay for each tour of duty on remote control assignments.

Personal Time Off was also improved. In addition, the Discipline and Investigation rule, Article 23, was modified to provide for limited electronic communication between the parties with a fall back provision that if communication is not accomplished within 24 hours, the documents will be mailed via U.S. Mail.

The negotiating team consisted of National Vice President Mike Twombly, Head of the BLET Short Line Department, Special Representative Paul Aird, Director of the BLET Short Line Department, and Frank Graves, the WNYP Grievance Committee Chairman for BLET Division 16. The WNYP membership belongs to Division 16 and is represented by the BLET’s Short Line Department.

“I thank Brother Twombly, Brother Aird and Brother Graves for their hard work on this contract,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. “I also thank our WNYP membership for being involved and making their voices heard during the ratification process.”

The WNYP main line extends for 190 miles from Hornell, on New York’s southern tier to Meadville in northwestern Pennsylvania. A branch 90 miles long extends from Machias, N.Y. to North Driftwood, Pa., cresting the Allegany Mountains at Keating Summit. Interchange is made with Norfolk Southern at Hornell, Meadville and North Driftwood, and with Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad at Salamanca, N.Y. and Corry, Pa. Interchange is also conducted with Oil Creek & Titusville Line (OCTL) at Rouseville, Pa. WNYP began independent operations in 2001 after concluding a long-term lease with Norfolk Southern and obtaining certain property tax abatements granted by Southern Tier Extension Rail Authority (STERA). WNYP is controlled by Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad Corp. of Lakeville, N.Y.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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