Date: Tuesday, November 11th, 2022
Source: Supply Chain Dive
Concerns over paid sick leave have put the prospect of a freight rail shutdown back on the table, just weeks after the Biden administration helped broker an agreement between railroads and unions to avert a strike or lockout.
Two unions so far have voted down their tentative agreements, calling for additional paid days of sick leave. Labor actions could occur as soon as Nov. 19.
Another union, IAM District 19, ratified its agreement on Nov. 5, while three other labor groups still need to vote. If an agreement isn’t reached, union leaders say it’s likely Congress will send the issue back to an arbiter, or impose the presidential emergency board’s baseline recommendations without the enhanced benefits.
We’re tracking the ratification process and the path to a final contract. Check back for updates on where things stand.
What’s the status of rail talks?
|TCU||Transportation Communications International Union||Ratified Sept. 14||None|
|BRC||Brotherhood of Railway Carmen||Ratified Sept. 14||None|
|IBEW||International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||Ratified Sept. 28||None|
|ATDA||American Train Dispatchers Association||Ratified Oct. 4||None|
|BMWED||Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters||Rejected Oct. 10||In negotiations, "status quo" in effect until Nov. 19.|
|SMART-MD||SMART Railroad, Mechanical and Engineering Department||Ratified Oct. 12||None|
|NCFO||National Conference of Firemen & Oilers||Ratified Oct. 13||None|
|BRS||Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen||Rejected Oct. 26||In negotiations, "status quo" in effect until early December.|
|IAM||International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 19||Pending a vote||Results expected Nov. 5|
|IBB||The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers||Pending a vote||Results expected Nov. 14|
|BLET||Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen||Pending a vote||Results expected Nov. 21|
|SMART-TD||SMART Transportation Division||Pending a vote||Results expected Nov. 21|