September 1, 2014

National rail contract ballots in mail

National Rail Contract

Voting packages for the tentative national rail contract were mailed Friday, Aug. 12, to UTU members eligible to vote. The balloting period will extend for 21 days to 4 p.m., Eastern time, Friday, Sept. 2. Voting will be by craft under the craft-autonomy provisions of the UTU Constitution. Crafts voting will be brakeman, conductor, engineer, [...]

National rail contract delivers ‘more, now’

Mike Futhey; Futhey, Mike

AFL founder Samuel Gompers said the objective of labor is, “more, now.” Our national rail agreement fulfills that objective. In an economic environment that has our brothers and sisters in other industries in a vice grip of difficult times, our agreement delivers more than just a 17 percent wage increase, a 6½-year cap on health [...]

Tentative national agreement slide show

UTU News; Newspaper; UTU Newspaper; News

Members of the UTU National Rail Contract Negotiating Committee, assisted by International officers and general chairpersons, are barnstorming the nation, holding face-to-face meetings with members to explain the tentative agreement and respond to questions. The meetings began last week and continue through early August — prior to voting packages being mailed to some 38,000 members [...]

Rails withdraw staffing & consolidation proposal

A month after the UTU filed a lawsuit in federal court to block a railroad demand to bargain over “staffing and consolidation,” the carriers have withdrawn that demand from their Railway Labor Act Section 6 notices. In a letter to UTU International President Mike Futhey, the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), which represents most major [...]

UTU serves Section 6 notice on carriers

UTU general chairpersons on Nov. 2 served on railroads represented by the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) the UTU’s intended amendments to agreements affecting rates of pay, rules and working conditions. Such notices are required by Section 6 of the Railway Labor Act and are served on each other by parties to existing agreements. The [...]

We busted the pattern!

By Mike Futhey UTU International President Brothers and Sisters: The tentative national agreement with BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific, which you will vote on soon, was hammered out in an intense two-day bargaining session Jan. 22-23 because the carriers recognized the unity the UTU brought to the negotiating table. Equally [...]