On November 20, SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD) General Chairpersons served on railroads represented by the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) the SMART-TD’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 to reopen agreements. With this notice to the NCCC, and the NCCC’s earlier notice, the parties are set to begin the next round of bargaining.
While the national rail contract between the SMART-TD and railroads represented by the NCCC becomes amendable on January 1, 2020, the existing contract will remain in force until it is amended and ratified by SMART-TD members under the craft autonomy provisions of the SMART Constitution’s Article Twenty-One B (21B).
During this round of national contract negotiations with the SMART-TD, the NCCC will be the chief bargaining representative for matters pertaining to rates of pay, rules, and working conditions on behalf of BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Canadian National, Norfolk Southern, Soo Line, Union Pacific and numerous smaller railroads. Other railroads, including Amtrak, negotiate individually with the SMART-TD.
More than 40,000 SMART-TD members are affected by these national contract talks with the NCCC, and the resulting agreements frequently set patterns for other negotiated rail agreements.
SMART-TD President Jeremy R. Ferguson will lead the SMART-TD negotiating team. Members of the negotiating team will be selected early next month.
As noted in a press release on November 1, 2019, the SMART-TD will be joining with nine (9) other rail labor organizations who are participating in coordinated bargaining in this round of national negotiations.
Major elements of the SMART-TD’s Section 6 notices include:
- Complete and permanent elimination of existing service scale (entry rates of pay);
- A series of general wage increases, effective Jan. 1, 2020, and every six months thereafter;
- Cost of living adjustments;
- Shift- and weekend-differential pay;
- Paid sick leave for all crafts, without censure or discipline;
- Technology pay for daily required utilization of all in-cab and handheld reporting devices;
- Additional rest opportunities and ability to miss work for family needs, quality of life, and doctor visits;
- Additional training pay for all crafts, including compensation for qualification, re-qualification, and familiarization trips;
- Carriers to give first-employment consideration to qualified conductors furloughed from other railroads;
- Furloughed employees called back to work will be guaranteed a minimum of 60 days of work and pay;
- Increased meal allowances;
- Restrictions on transferring, consolidating, combining or centralizing yardmaster assignments;
- Establishment of a formula for yardmaster extra boards; and
- Enhanced benefits under the NRC/UTU Health and Welfare Plan and the Railroad Employees’ National Health and Welfare Plan (GA-23000).
SMART-TD Section 6 notices were developed beginning with recommendations offered by SMART-TD members. A committee of general chairpersons from the Association of General Chairpersons, District No. 1, reviewed and fine-tuned those suggestions, which were then approved by the entire Association of General Chairpersons, District 1.
To view the SMART-TD Section 6 notice, click here:
To view the carriers’ Section 6 notice, click here:
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