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Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway (NYS&W).
The five-year contract governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for 45 members. The agreement includes retroactive pay and general wage increases each year through Jan. 1, 2024, BLET officials said in a press release.
Additionally, the contract provides increased certification pay for locomotive engineers. In terms of benefits, the agreement calls for additional paid time off for all members, and members employed for 25 years or more will receive a sixth week of vacation.
The NYS&W members belong to BLET 521.
Based in Cooperstown, New York, the regional operates over 400 miles of track in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.