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BMWED and CSX Have Reached an Agreement for Paid Sick Leave Effective Today

Published: Feb 7 2023 9:06PM

The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and CSX have reached an agreement for paid sick leave effective today.

Beginning January 1, 2023 and continuing each year thereafter, every CSX Maintenance of Way Employee will be provided with 4 paid sick days on an annual basis, with the ability to also take up to 3 paid personal leave days per year for paid sick time off.  The Agreement also provides for the Employee to contribute unused paid sick leave to their 401(k) or receive the pay out of unused paid sick leave each year.  The paid personal leave comes voluntarily from CSX, without the demand of any concessions from the Union.  

“I want to personally thank CSX CEO Joe Hinrichs and COO Jamie Boychuk for reaching the paid sick leave agreement with BMWED,” BMWED President Tony D. Cardwell said. “Joe gave me his word that he would bring about changes to the industry that are necessary to begin repairing the dysfunctional relationship between the railroads and the Workers.  I applaud Joe for delivering on his word and entering into this historic agreement with BMWED.  He is doing the right thing, and I look forward to working with Joe on other matters that are critical to Maintenance of Way Employees.”

President Cardwell continued. “The other Class I railroads just reported extremely healthy earnings for 2022, many of which were record setting, and the Workers are the people responsible for those profits.  Other than absolute greed, there is no reason why the other Class I railroads cannot enter into an identical paid sick leave Agreement with BMWED, or any other Rail Union for that matter, especially in light of what CSX and the BMWED have done today.  I strongly encourage the other Class I railroads to follow the tracks that CSX CEO Joe Hinrichs has laid by reaching an identical Agreement for paid sick leave with BMWED.”

A copy of the agreement between BMWED and CSX Railroad can be found here.