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:
- Article VI, Section 2(b) of Arbitration Award 458 (providing for inferior
deadheading payments to post-85 engineers) is eliminated, and all engineers
will be covered by the deadheading rules currently in effect for pre-85
- The special pay differential of $15/day and $0.15/mile, which is payable
to all engineers on NS regardless of hiring date, will be rolled into the
daily and overmile rates of pay on January 1, 2003.
- The current five-year wage progression, which begins at 75%, is replaced
by a three-year progression, which begins at 85%, measured from date of
hire; in addition, all engineers currently in the progression will have
their percentage increased by 10%, up to the 100% rate.
- Effective January 1, 2000, wage rates on NS will be increased by approximately
- In 2001, 2002 and 2003, engineers will be entitled to bonuses of up
to 10% of the previous year's wages, under the NS "Thoroughbred Performance
Bonus" plan; in 2004 and subsequent years, engineers will be entitled
to bonuses of up to 15% of the previous year's wages, under the formula.
- The following issues were referred to the BLE's National Wage Committee
for handling with the National Carriers' Conference Committee: Health &
Welfare; retirement and disability; meals and meal allowances; availability;
paid leave days; off-track vehicle insurance; and detention time.
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