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NCFO members ratify new collective bargaining agreement

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 14 — The National Conference of Firemen & Oilers, SEIU (NCFO), a partner union of the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG), announced on December 13 that its members have ratified the new national agreement with the nation’s major freight railroads. The NCFO is one of five CBG unions to ratify the pact.

The four other CBG unions to approve the agreement include: the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) on November 27; the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) on November 28; Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) on December 1; and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART TD) on December 1.

The ratified contract will cover NCFO members employed by BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific and numerous smaller carriers. The NCFO is an affiliate of Local 32BJ SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, which has 2.1 million members.

“This round of bargaining, just like what is taking place in Washington, was totally unpredictable,” NCFO President John Thacker said. “We went from a possible tentative agreement, prior to the 2016 Presidential Election, to a stalemate after the election, to an agreement in the final days of bargaining. I would like to thank our partners from the Coordinated Bargaining Group for their solidarity with the members of the NCFO.”

The six unions comprising the CBG include: ATDA: BLET; BRS; SMART TD; NCFO; and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers. Collectively, the CBG unions represent more than 85,000 railroad workers covered by the various organizations’ national agreements.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
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