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BLET chosen to represent Talleyrand Terminal Railroad workers, renews PATH pact

A majority of Talleyrand Terminal Railroad workers recently voted in favor of being represented by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET).

Operating along 10 miles of track at the Port of Jacksonville, Fla., the Talleyrand Terminal provides switching services for CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway. The railroad is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. subsidiary Rail Link, which operates 13 short lines and provides industrial switching services in 11 states.

Meanwhile, the BLET recently ratified a new six-year contract with the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corp. covering 166 workers. The agreement calls for 3 percent wage increases each year, including retroactive payments to 2005, as well as increased annual pension contributions and 100 percent health and welfare coverage.

A National Mediation Board mediator helped the parties reach the agreement after negotiations stalled over health care cost-sharing issues, according to the BLET.

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