2015 National Rail Contract Negotiations
The SMART Transportation Division and most major freight railroads have begun a new round of contract negotiations to revise rates of pay, rules and working conditions. These railroads coordinate their bargaining under the umbrella of the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC).
The Transportation Division’s Section 6 notices, which include proposals to amend the national railroad agreement to increase wages and benefits and improve working conditions, were served on the carriers Dec. 8, 2014. The carriers served their Section 6 notices to rail labor in November.
The two sides now will meet at regular intervals to discuss those contract demands.
The railroads include BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific and many smaller carriers. Other railroads, including Amtrak and U.S. operations of Canadian National, negotiate individually with the Transportation Division.
Some 40,000 members are affected by these national contract talks, which frequently set patterns for negotiated agreements on other carriers.
The Section 6 notices include amendments that pertain to all crafts represented by the Transportation Division, including some items that are applicable solely to the craft of yardmaster.
The existing national agreement, which became open for amendment on Jan. 1, will remain in force until tentatively negotiated amendments are presented to Transportation Division members and ratified under the craft autonomy provisions of the SMART Constitution.
The Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART TD) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced Dec. 17 that their organizations will be participating with four other rail unions in coordinated bargaining in the upcoming round of national negotiations.
To stay informed, log on to www.smart-union.org/td to view important new developments. Also, sign up for email alerts on the Transportation Division homepage.
Section 6 Notices
- To view the SMART Transportation Division Section 6 notice, click here.
- To view the SMART Transportation Division Section 6 notice, Health & Welfare Attachment B, click here.
- To view the carriers’ Section 6 notice, click here.
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