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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) recently applied to the National Mediation Board for the assignment of a federal mediator to assist in contract negotiations with MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), pursuant to the Railway Labor Act.
The current round of contract negotiations began when the BLET filed a Section 6 notice on Nov. 1, 2018. Despite efforts to secure a satisfactory voluntary settlement, the union's negotiating team has deemed LIRR's tactics to be unacceptable, according to a BLET release.
Negotiations on behalf of the BLET are under the direction of Kevin Sexton, the general chairman of the union's LIRR General Committee of Adjustment. The union represents approximately 500 LIRR locomotive engineers.
"This development is highly disappointing. From the outset, our intent was to reach a voluntary settlement that would fairly address the needs of both sides, but that has not happened," Sexton said.