BLE-Norfolk Southern contract a post-85 victory

By an overwhelming 86 percent majority, locomotive engineers on the Norfolk Southern ratified a new contract that provides a 14.4 percent wage increase and dramatic improvements for post-'85 engineers.
 
The final tally was 2,609 in favor of the deal and 422 against. The new contract now becomes effective Jan. 1, 2000, and engineers can expect retroactive pay to show up in their checks by mid April to early May.
 
Highlights of the contract are as follows:

2000 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers