UTU-represented engineers and conductors employed by Apache Railroad in Arizona have ratified a new three-year agreement providing for wage increases, certification pay, improvements in disability and life insurance benefits, an increase in the employer match for a 401-k plan, substantial improvements in the healthcare insurance plan, and a reduction in the employee contribution.

UTU International Vice President John Previsich, who assisted in negotiations, praised the efforts of General Chairperson Danny Young (GO 017) for doing “an excellent job of bringing the concerns and wishes of his members to the negotiating table and working to obtain a positive outcome.”

Apache Railroad is a shortline operating in Arizona between Snowflake and Holbrook. Its principal commodities include paper, pulpwood, wood chips, coal and chemicals.