August 29, 2016

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 […]

Proposed legislation spurs rail agreements

WASHINGTON — In the face of bipartisan get-tough-with-labor legislation introduced in the House and Senate, two of the remaining unions without national rail contracts agreed to a tentative settlement Dec. 1, and a third reached agreement with the carriers Dec. 1 to extend a cooling-off period into February. With these agreements, the threat of a national railroad […]

House Republicans vow to head-off rail strike

WASHINGTON – Senior House Republicans Nov. 29 said they would act to head off a railroad work stoppage if rail unions that so far have not settled with the carriers do not have a voluntary settlement in place by the end of a final 30-day cooling off period that expires Dec. 6. The UTU has […]

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 […]

UTU pact sweet as health care premiums soar

The UTU’s ratified national rail contract – locking in for six years a $200 monthly health care insurance premium — is looking even more attractive following a Kaiser Family Foundation study showing health care costs and health care premiums are rocketing into space. Nationally, the average monthly premium for family health care insurance through an employer […]

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 […]

National Rail Contract: Health care myths

The International has received questions regarding the health care provisions contained in the National Rail Contract. The health care insurance plan provided by the National Rail Contract already provides one of the best benefits packages available – and the new contract provides enhancements in addition to the deductible and co-insurance changes. Some members have focused on […]