CLEVELAND, Ohio and WASHINGTON, D.C., (November 1, 2019) – Leaders of 10 railroad unions announced today that their organizations will participate in coordinated negotiations in the round of national negotiations that began on November 1, 2019. The unions, formed by the coordinated bargaining coalition, are on January 22 and 23 in Jacksonville, Florida, a joint meeting of the parties to the negotiations on facilitation of negotiations. More than 40,000 smart TD members are involved in these national negotiations with the NCCC, and the resulting agreements often establish models for other negotiated rail contracts. We will proudly go through this round of national negotiations, not only in solidarity with BLET, but also with an unprecedented group that includes the American Train Dispatchers Association, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, International Association of Machinists, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, National Conference of Firemen – Oilers/SEIU, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Transport Workers Union of America and Transport Communications Union. I look forward to joining BLET President Dennis Pierce and the leadership of the other unions in our coordinated bargaining coalition as we move forward in this process. In addition to classifying a minor dispute, the railways also sought an explanation that “the union`s threat of strike against Union Pacific against the RLA is contrary to the RLA in attempting to circumvent the mandatory and exclusive authority of the National Railroad Adjustment Board.” The case was filed on October 3, 2019 by BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Grand Trunk Western, Norfolk Southern, Illinois Central, Union Pacific and Belt Railway Company of Chicago, arguing that moratoriums in the various crew-consisting agreements do not exclude airlines from the reopening of the crew. To view THE SMART-TD 6 section, click here: static.smart-union.org/worksite/PDFs/2019+National+Rail+Contract/112019+-+Abschnitt+6+Notice.pdf “We are pleased to announce the creation of the Coordinated Negotiation Coalition, as we are on the cusp of the most critical round of national negotiations in a generation. Our coalition is based on two key values that we all share. On the one hand, we understand the importance of the autonomy of each Union in order to pursue, within the framework of broad solidarity, specific objectives of accession, in order to defend and improve the salaries, benefits and working conditions of our members. The other is that we will spare no effort to defeat the railway attack on the basis of the economic security of our members.¬†Union organizers often make bold statements about what they could do for you: higher compensation; Improved health care and pensions No more downtime. On the basis of what the union organizers say, one would think that: to heal the wounds of their masters, these “commentators” try to do so as union leaders who protect their own jobs. They don`t know what they`re talking about, and their ignorance is evident in the web they weave. They used anonymous sources to lend credibility to a great story that everyone would know with real insight that it is far from factual.

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