Freight BLE, BRS-UTU voted in favour of the dismal agreement. We hope that there will be no model for the industry, but we know that the railways will try to say that is the case. These agreements have so far avoided the threat of a national railway strike. WASHINGTON – In light of bipartisan labor legislation in the House of Representatives and Senate, two of the remaining unions without national rail contracts agreed on an interim agreement on December 1, and a third agreed with airlines on December 1 to extend the cooling-off period until February. The Carriers National Conference Committee had already agreed to extend the cooling-off period until at least February, if the three remaining unions that have not yet been agreed to approve it. On 29 November, BLET refused to accept an extension of the cooling-off period. Regardless of that, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to present an identical resolution for immediate vote in the Senate (S.J. 31). After the announcement of the BLET, train-dispatcher and BMWE agreements in late December, Sen. Reid said: It is strange that the greatest concern against a Peb Trump has disappeared. It`s strange because many union members voted for Trump to stand up for the working class, but when it came to proving it, they didn`t want to “take the opportunity” and lose labor rules.
The vote on the agreement speaks for itself… House of Representatives spokesman John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that if no interim agreement was reached with bLET, BMWE and ATDA before December 6, they would act to avoid a work stoppage. On December 1, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the American Train Dispatchers Association agreed to a six-year interim contract, as recommended last month by the Presidential Emergency Board No. 243. References to the national rail treaty ratified by the UTU are detailed in the RECOMMENDATIONs of the PEB. If Amtrak maintains its current position, they will violate the Railway Labour Act, Section 2, First. We should not expect us to negotiate blindfolded. The parties are required by the Railway Works Act to make every reasonable effort to conclude and maintain agreements and resolve all disputes. Amtrak`s obstructionism is not only against the law, it also despises workers and working-class families. The resolution of the House of Representatives, H.J. 91 and introduced by House Transportation – Infrastructure President John Mica (R-Fla.), would have obtained PEB`s recommendations on BLETs, train distributors and BMWE as a final agreement. The UTU has ratified a national rail agreement ratified in force, while the Transport Communications Union, Brotherhood of Railroad signals and various Shopcrafts have entered into preliminary agreements.
The Brotherhood of Engineers and Locomotive Workers, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes and the American Train Dispatchers Association did not reach an interim agreement after a presidential emergency department made recommendations for the settlement.