Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
Source: Freight Waves
Rail workers with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have voted to ratify the union’s labor contract with U.S. freight railroads.
IBEW joins two other unions, the Transportation Communications Union/IAM and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen, that voted to ratify their contracts. IBEW has nearly 4,000 members working for member carriers of the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC), the group representing the railroads in labor negotiations.
“The wage and benefits gains achieved under this agreement would not have been possible without the hard work of our Railroad Department staff, the solidarity of our members and the intervention of President Joe Biden and his administration,” IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson said in a release. “We thank everyone involved and look forward to continuing to do the work to keep America’s freight moving safely and on time.”
Tentative agreements with nine other labor organizations remain subject to ratification, according to NCCC.
IBEW’s actions come a day after the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 19 said it had reached a new tentative agreement with the U.S. Class I railroads, after initially rejecting an earlier agreement in mid-September.
A new labor deal for union members has been in the works since January 2020, but negotiations between the unions and the railroads failed to progress. A federal mediation board took up the negotiations but released the parties from those efforts earlier this summer.