Awards and Agreements

This webpage provides links to a variety of important documents, agreements and protective conditions, as well as a link to a searchable database of thousands of arbitration awards affecting the various crafts represented by SMART Transportation Division.

Many of the items found here are in Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF). If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you can obtain it at

The 2017 National Railroad Agreement can be found here.

Award Summary Index

The Award Summary Index contains current precedent decisions, as well as past decisions, and allows you to search by the award subject. When you find a pertinent award, you will be able to find the full text in the award database for downloading and printing.

Award Search by Text

Downloading these instructions may take some time depending on your Internet connection. However, once downloaded, the indexed instructions will be stored on your computer for easy reference.

Important Documents

Click below to view important documents such as the UTU Constitution, rates of pay, the Railway Labor Act and rail national agreements in .pdf format. You may also search railroad national agreements by text by clicking on the Search link.

Employee Protective Conditions

Over the years, a number of labor protective conditions for employees adversely affected as a result of mergers, closures and other events have been either agreed to, legislated or imposed by the Interstate Commerce Commission (now Surface Transportation Board). To view the conditions affecting rail employees, click below.