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BLET members ratify new contract with Pan Am Railways

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 29 — Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with Pan Am Railways.

The three-year agreement contains no work rule or health & welfare changes. Members will receive general wage increases of 2 percent at ratification, on September 17, 2022, and on September 17, 2023. It governs 81 members.

The Pan Am Railways members belong to BLET Divisions 72, 112 and 191, and they are represented by the CP Rail-D&H/PanAm (ST)/SL&A General Committee of Adjustment. The negotiating team consisted on General Chairman Kevin Moore, Vice General Chairman Matt Lafrenier and National Vice President Mike Twombly.

In November 2020, CSX announced it had signed a formal agreement to purchase Pan Am Railways, but details were not disclosed. Brother Moore said the newly ratified agreement is only an increase in wages due to the pending sale.

“I thank General Chairman Moore, Vice General Chairman Lafrenier and Vice President Twombly for their efforts in bringing this contract to a successful conclusion,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. “I also thank our Pan Am Railways membership for their involvement throughout the process.”

Pan Am Railways is a holding company that owns and operates Class II regional railroads covering northern New England. Its primary subsidiaries include the Springfield Terminal Railway, Boston and Maine Corporation, Maine Central Railroad Company, and Portland Terminal Company. The combined system includes approximately 1,700 route miles and connects with four eastern Class I railroads (CN, CP, CSX and NS) and more than 20 regional and short line railroads. It is headquartered in North Billerica, Mass.

Friday, January 29, 2021
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