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Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with New York & Atlantic Railway (NYA).
The contract outlines rates of pay, work rules and health care for 20 BLET members working at the short line. Nearly 91% of eligible voters cast ballots, with two-thirds approving the contract, BLET officials said in a press release.
The agreement runs through Dec. 31, 2026, and will provide wage increases of more than 15% over the life of the contract, along with with increased bonus and employer 401K match payments. In addition, the agreement covers a raise in vacation pay as well as the elimination of days of employment required to qualify for vacation; increased personal days; and a guarantee that all assignments are at a minimum of 40 hours per week. The agreement also improved the railroad's safety boot program.
A subsidiary of Anacostia Rail Holdings Co., NYA began operation in May 1997 as result of the privatized concession to operate freight trains on the lines owned by MTA Long Island Rail Road. The short line operates in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Brooklyn and Queens, New York.