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West Virginia short line's T&E workers ratify five-year pact


SMART Transportation Division-represented train and engine workers employed by the Appalachian and Ohio Railroad recently ratified a new five-year agreement, according to the United Transportation Union (UTU).

The pact includes "substantial" wage increases with full back-pay, provides certification pay for both conductors and engineers, freezes health and welfare contributions for the life of the contract, and improves working conditions, said SMART Transportation Division International Vice President Dave Wier in a news item posted on the UTU's website.

Owned by P&L Transportation Inc., the Appalachian and Ohio Railroad operates 158 miles of track between Grafton and Cowen, W.Va., and interchanges with CSX Transportation.

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