Bargaining Updates





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Included here are the votes in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on legislation to add seven (7) paid sick days to the National Agreement with the Class 1 freight railroads.

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Today, the Senate voted and passed legislation to adopt tentative agreements between the railroads and Unions to resolve this round of national negotiations and avert a national rail strike. A disruption to our nation’s economy and supply chain has been averted. But the Senate also voted to reject the bill that would provide paid sick leave for all Railroad Workers.

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Hearing rumor that some U.S. Senators may attempt to extend the status quo period beyond the Dec. 9 strike date, we sent the following letter to the Senate urging them not to do so and to simply vote in favor of both bills before them today.

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The U.S. House of Representatives today passed two bills in separate votes, the first effectively halting our ability to strike on Dec. 9 by enforcing the tentative agreement rejected by BMWED membership earlier this year. The second, on mostly a party line vote, added seven paid sick days to the agreement, something we have lobbied for weeks.

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The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is deeply disappointed by and disagrees with United States President Joseph R. Biden’s statement, calling upon Congress to pass legislation that would adopt tentative agreements between Railroad Workers and railroads that do not include paid sick days for Railroad Workers.

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BMWED’s Director of Strategic Coordination and Research Brother Peter Kennedy speaks to Fox News and addresses some of the misinformation floating around about this round. He likens railroad management to Ebeneezer Scrooge and calls for them to humanize their workforce and stop looking at their employees solely through the prism of the bottom line. Public sentiment is on our side. Our requests are fair and reasonable. With solidarity, we can achieve an equitable contract. Watch here.

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BMWED’s Status Quo Period ends effective 0000:01 on December 9th following SMART-TD’s failed ratification while BLET Agreement ratifies.


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