National contract negotiations resume

The BLE National Wage Committee met with the National Carriers' Conference Committee on February 27 and 28, resuming the negotiations on a national agreement.

"The meetings were productive and I feel that significant progress was made," said BLE International President Don M. Hahs. "We have scheduled meetings with the NCCC for April 8 and 9, and again on May 21 and 22."

During the meetings, President Hahs advised NCCC Chairman Robert Allen that these negotiations had been allowed to drag on far too long and that he was committed to reaching an agreement that would be acceptable to BLE members in a timely manner.

He also advised the NCCC that the tentative UTU agreement, reached in 2000, did not adequately address the concerns of locomotive engineers and, therefore, was not acceptable to the BLE. "Engineers are the most important and productive employees in the railroad industry and they deserve to be compensated and treated as such by the carriers."

 

2002 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers