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6/23/2005



Rail News: Labor

Carriers' committee, UTU resume negotiations per mediation mandate



Yesterday, officials from the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) and United Transportation Union (UTU) resumed bargaining talks over pay rates, and work rules and conditions for 40,000 train and engine-service workers.

The parties returned to the bargaining table per a National Mediation Board (NMB) order, UTU officials said in a prepared statement. A federal mediator prompted the talks.

Negotiations stalled in mid-March after a dispute arose over local crew consist agreements and a repeal of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).

Officials from the NCCC — which bargains for 32 U.S. railroads, including all the Class Is — and union agreed to discuss issues other than the agreements and FELA repeal while a federal court considers UTU’s petition to prevent collective bargaining over the issues. Both parties also agreed to schedule future bargaining sessions in August, September, October and November.


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