Tentative national contract reached
On February 28, the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (RLBC), comprised
of the members of seven rail labor unions, reached a tentative agreement
on a national contract with the National Carriers' Conference Committee
(NCCC), which represents the interests of America's freight rail corporations.
Summary of proposed national contract
The following is an outline summary of the major elements of the tentative
agreement reached February 28, 2007, between the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition
(RLBC) and the National Carriers' Conference Committee (NCCC). This outline
is not intended to provide a comprehensive description or analysis of the
BLET testifies before Congress
on rail security
BLET First Vice President Ed Rodzwicz, in his role as president of the
Teamsters Rail Conference, testified at hearing of the House Transportation
and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and
Hazardous Materials on January 31. He testified that rail employees are
suffering from fatigue due to staffing levels and over-scheduling and that
unsignaled areas of track are a danger that can be easily remedied.
Supreme Court backs Rail Labor
position on FELA
In a unanimous judgment, the United States Supreme Court issued a favorable
decision in Norfolk Southern vs. Timothy Sorrell on January 10, 2007. In
this case, the carriers attempted to use the nation's highest court to gut
the Federal Employees Liability Act.