August 25, 2016

National negotiations update

Members of rail labor’s Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG), composed of representatives from the SMART Transportation Division, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the American Train Dispatchers Association, the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers/SEIU, The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers met with […]

National railroad agreement provides wage increase

Railroad members covered under the provisions of the Sept. 16, 2011, national railroad agreement received a three percent general wage increase, effective July 1, 2013. The links below show the national agreement pay rates for all classes of service and overtime tables for yard service employees. These rate tables do not reflect adjustments to rates […]

Many will see $2 reduction in health care contribution

Some 38,000 UTU members covered under the national rail contract will see a $2 reduction in their monthly health care contribution effective July 1 and continuing through June 30, 2016. Health care insurance savings, in part made possible by the 2011 ratified national rail agreement, permitted the UTU and other rail labor organizations to seek […]

Others settling as PEB recommended

The UTU International is receiving questions from members regarding recommendations of Presidential Emergency Board 243, which was created under provisions of the Railway Labor Act after talks between other rail unions and the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) broke down. In the wake of that PEB 243’s recommendations, the Brotherhood Railroad Signalmen, the International Brotherhood […]

Obama names PEB to investigate rail labor dispute

WASHINGTON — A five-member Presidential Emergency Board was appointed by President Obama Oct. 6 to investigate and make non-binding recommendations in a dispute between 11 rail labor unions and the National Carriers’ Conference Committee, which represents BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, Soo Line, Union Pacific and numerous smaller railroads. Neither the carriers nor […]

New rail rate tables now posted online

The standard basic daily and mileage rates of pay negotiated under the new national rail contract are now available at The rate tables pertain to employees in the crafts of conductor, yardman, brakeman, engineer and fireman/hostler who are covered by the national contract and are retroactive to July 1, 2010. The ratified contract covers […]

National rail contract pay jump effective Sept. 16

The new national rail contract and its increased rates of pay become effective Sept. 16. Sept. 16 is also the trigger date from which the carriers are pledged to make retroactive wage payments within 60 days. Health care changes will be implemented after Jan. 1. New rate tables can be found on by selecting “Documents” […]

National rail contract ratified

A new national rail contract, delivering a 17 percent wage increase over 60 months (18.24 percent when compounded), a 78-month cap on health care insurance contributions, plus  improvements in health care benefits, has been ratified by solid margins by UTU members in each of the six crafts eligible to vote. The new contract also provides […]

National Rail Contract voting deadline: Sept. 2

The deadline for voting on the National Rail Contract is 4 p.m., Eastern time, Friday, Sept. 2. Votes may be cast by telephone around the clock. Voting packages, with information on the tentative agreement and voting instructions, including a telephone access code, were mailed Aug. 12 to members eligible to vote. Members eligible to vote […]

Advice from a member’s spouse

Vivian Porretto, spouse of UTU member John Porretto (Local 597, Des Planes, Ill.), sent the following unsolicited comment to the International after reviewing with her husband the voting materials on the National Rail Contract, and making comparisons with other private- and public-sector workers whose paychecks are being frozen or reduced and whose health care insurance […]