November 26, 2014

Members on ISA ratify first CBA

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Tibbit UTU-represented members employed by Intermodal Services of America (ISA), which does contract switching for Union Pacific at Joliet, Ill., and Chicago, have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement (CBA). ISA voluntarily recognized the UTU as its transportation workers’ bargaining representative in 2011. The five-year contract provides for retroactive pay, a steep jump in hourly wages, [...]

Another organizing victory for UTU

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In its latest organizing victory, the UTU now represents maintenance-of-way employees on Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad, a RailAmerica property. Contract negotiations, led by UTU Alternate Vice President Doyle Turner, will begin shortly. Turner heads the UTU’s shortline outreach program. Rich Ross, the UTU’s director of organizing, and International organizer Mike Lewis were commended by [...]

Benefit fund for family of deceased NS member

A benefit fund has been established for the family of Norfolk Southern conductor Christopher Ochoa, a member of UTU Local 1895, Chicago, who died Oct. 17. Ochoa is survived by his wife, Elly Medrano-Ochoa, and children: Daniel Medrano, age 15; Brian, age four; and twins Alexander and Ayden, age three. Ocha was a Marine Corps [...]