Rail Labor to resume bargaining
Late on February 13, the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC)
withdrew its request for release from mediation, representing a victory
for BLET members and all of Rail Labor.
Withdrawing the request means that the NCCC has agreed to continue bargaining
with Rail Labor as opposed to seeking a forced agreement through Congress
via a Presidential Emergency Board.
Protecting jobs, safety &
Setting past differences aside, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
and Trainmen (BLET) and the United Transportation Union (UTU) have agreed
to work together on a joint campaign to ensure a successful outcome to the
current round of collective bargaining.
BLET, UTU warn of rail safety
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) President Don
M. Hahs and United Transportation Union (UTU) President Paul C. Thompson
issued the following outline describing joint concerns over railroad attempts
to compromise public safety and security by reducing crew size on the nation's
Labor wins first round in FMLA
Rail Labor secured a major court victory for its members in a decision
released by the U.S. District Court in Chicago on January 3 regarding the
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).