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NMB: Carriers, 12 rail unions enter cooling-off period


The National Mediation Board (NMB) has confirmed that the National Carriers' Conference Committee (NCCC) and the 12 unions involved in contract negotiations were released by the NMB from statutory mediation and entered the 30-day cooling-off period on June 18.

Absent agreements or the establishment of a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB), the parties could exercise "self-help" as of 12:01 a.m. EDT on July 18.

The railroads last week announced they're anticipating that President Joe Biden will appoint PEB to make recommendations for a settlement before the end of the cooling-off period, NCCC officials said.

To assist the parties in reaching agreements, the NMB is scheduling public interest meetings starting on July 12. The meetings are not open to the public.

The railroads and unions have been trying to hash out a new contract since January 2020. The NMB entered the picture earlier this year to mediate.

The 12 unions involved are the American Train Dispatchers Association; Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen; Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Forgers and Helpers; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; National Conference of Firemen and Oilers, District of Local 32BJ, SEIU; International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Railroad, Mechanical and Engineering Department; International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division; Transportation Communications Union/IAM; and the Transport Workers Union of America.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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