BLET members ratify national contract Score: Comment Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

Posted on Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 08:58:34 PST in News
by SWhitman

 

BLET NEWS FLASH

BLET members ratify national contract

http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=6044

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 1 — Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC). The Agreement was reached as a result of the BLET’s participation in the Coordinated Bargaining Group, with five other Unions.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of the voting BLET members voted in favor of the five-year agreement, which covers rates of pay, health & welfare and other fringe benefits for approximately 25,000 BLET members nationwide. There are no work rule changes in the new contract. It includes general wage increases of 13.14 percent over the life of the agreement and full retroactive payment for general wage increases for 2016 and 2017.

The agreement covers locomotive engineers employed by the following railroads: Belt Railway of Chicago; BNSF Railway (H&W only); Conrail; CSX Transportation (H&W only); Indiana Harbor Belt; Kansas City Southern System (KCS/L&A, Gateway Western, MidSouth, South Rail, and Tex Mex); Longview Switching; Norfolk Southern; Portland Terminal; Soo Line Railroad (H&W only); Union Railroad; Union Pacific Railroad (H&W only); and Winston-Salem Southbound. It also covers all train service employees on the Texas Mexican Railway.

The BLET’s National Wage Committee, led by National President Dennis R. Pierce, began negotiations for this new contract in January of 2015, shortly after the BLET filed its Section 6 notice with the NCCC in November of 2014.

“I want to thank the members who took the time to cast their vote. The BLET is a membership-driven union; in fact, rank and file ratification of our contracts is one of the democratic cornerstones of the Union movement,” National President Pierce said. “It is clear to me that our members took the time to study the issues before making a very careful choice. BLET members show their strength every time they get involved, and I again thank all members who took the time to participate in their own future. I must also thank the other Unions who bargained with the Coordinated Bargaining Group. BLET members benefited from the solidarity shown by the CBG, and my hope is that these Unions will continue to work together going forward.”

 

 

Town Hall Meeting 11/14 Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

Posted on Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 09:19:32 PDT in
by SWhitman

 

Brothers and Sisters,

 

We will soon be receiving ballots for voting on the Tentative National Agreement, negotiated by the CBG. There has been a lot of confusing information circulated, intentional or otherwise.

In response, BLET National President, Dennis Pierce has offered to participate in a Town Hall style meeting here in Tucson to answer any questions or concerns that members may have. This will be an interactive event, so please come prepared with questions in hand. This forum will be the perfect opportunity to have those questions or concerns answered directly prior to casting your vote on the CBG Tentative Agreement. DO NOT miss your opportunity to get the facts about this agreement.

Lunch will be served immediately following the meeting for those in attendance. For those travelling from out of town, a room rate of $89.00 has been secured although the number of rooms available are limited. Please mention “BLET group” to receive this reduced rate. The meeting information is provided below, and a flyer is attached to this as well. Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.  

https://www.blet28.org/files/townhallflyer.pdf

Fraternally,

 

November 14, 2017

10 am – 2 pm

Viscount Suite Hotel – Grand Ballroom

4855 E Broadway

(520) 745-6500

 

 

Tentative National Contract Agreement Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

Posted on Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 15:17:57 PDT in
by SWhitman

BLET NEWS FLASH

National Negotiations update: Coordinated Bargaining Group unions reach tentative national contract agreement

http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=6004

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 5 — Rail Unions making up the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) announced today that they have reached a Tentative National Agreement with the Nation’s Freight Rail Carriers. The CBG is comprised of six unions: the American Train Dispatchers Association; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters); the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers; the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers / SEIU; and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART TD).

On Wednesday, October 4, the CBG’s full Negotiating Team met in Independence, Ohio, for a review of the terms of the proposed voluntary agreement. Following that review, each of the CBG Unions’ Negotiating Teams unanimously endorsed the Tentative Agreement. On Thursday, October 5, the involved General Chairpersons of SMART TD, BRS and BLET met as well and those groups also unanimously endorsed the Tentative Agreement for consideration by the respective membership of each Union.

The Tentative Agreement, which will be submitted to the memberships of each involved Union in the coming weeks, includes an immediate wage increase of 4%, with an additional 2.5% six months later on July 1, 2018 and an additional 3% one year later on July 1, 2019. In addition, wage increases of 2% effective July 1, 2016 and another 2% effective July 1, 2017 will be fully retroactive through implementation, for a compounded increase of 9.84% over an 18-month period and 13.14% over the 5-year contract term (this includes the First General Wage Increase of 3% implemented on January 1, 2015).

All benefits existing under the Health and Welfare Plan will remain in effect unchanged and there are no disruptions to the existing healthcare networks. While some employee participation costs are increased, the tentative agreement maintains reasonable maximum out-of-pocket protections for our members. The TA also adds several new benefits to the Health and Welfare Plan for the members of the involved unions and, importantly, it requires that the Rail Carriers will, on average, continue to pay 90% of all of our members’ point of service costs.

On a matter of critical importance, the employees’ monthly premium contribution is frozen at the current rate of $228.89. The frozen rate can only be increased by mutual agreement at the conclusion of negotiations in the next round of bargaining that begins on 1/1/2020.

In addition, the CBG steadfastly refused to accept the carriers’ demands for changes to work rules that would have imposed significant negative impacts on every one of our members. As a result of that rejection, the Tentative Agreement provides for absolutely no changes in work rules for any of the involved unions.

“This Tentative Agreement provides real wage increases over and above inflation, health care cost increases far below what the carriers were demanding, freezes our monthly health plan cost contribution at the current level, provides significant retroactive pay and imposes no changes to any of our work rules,” said the CBG Union Presidents. “This is a very positive outcome for a very difficult round of negotiations. We look forward to presenting the Tentative Agreement to our respective memberships for their consideration.”

A copy of the Tenative Agreement is at:

http://www.ble-t.org/pr/pdf/CBG_BLET_Initials.oct_2017.pdf

 

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Collectively, the CBG unions represent more than 85,000 railroad workers covered by the various organizations’ national agreements, and comprise over 58% of the workforce that will be impacted by the outcome of the current bargaining round.

 


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