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Rail News: Labor
BLET members ratify SEPTA contract
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) members on July 30 ratified a new four-year contract with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) that governs rates of pay, work rules and health care benefits for 200 locomotive engineers.
The contract, which was ratified by 96 percent of BLET members, includes a 2 percent general wage increase, BLET officials said in a press release.
Subsequent increases include a 2 percent wage hike effective July 2020, 3 percent gain effective July 2021 and 3.5 percent rise effective July 2022.
The contract provides additional hourly compensation for operating positive train control and for members who work on Christmas Day. Members also will have increased opportunity for additional paid time off with good attendance every six months.
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