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Amtrak, BLET reach tentative agreement


The Amtrak labor contracts keep on coming. Yesterday, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced it reached a tentative agreement with the national intercity passenger railroad covering 1,300 engineers.

The contract was based on recommendations made last year by Presidential Emergency Board 242 and is nearly identical to agreements Amtrak reached with nine other unions earlier this year, according to BLET. The contract calls for wage increases of 34.7 percent over the life of the agreement, which expires on Dec. 31, 2009, and is retroactive to July 1, 2002. The agreement also calls for no work rule changes.

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