The ArbitrationBoard Price No. 458 is an even newer case of industry accuracy. The Board approved an interim agreement reached during national negotiations between the Federation of Locomotive Drivers and the NCCC. The Board of Directors was not persuaded, after considering all the arguments put forward by BLE, to justify the substantial revision of the rejected agreement, to depart from the efforts of the parties. In summary, your negotiating team and the relevant general presidents of cbG organizations considered all options and unanimously decided that the health care system proposed by BMWE was not in the best interests of our members, even though the railways agreed with such a plan (and there is no indication that the railways are acceptable to the system). BMWE`s proposal is just a proposal that no railway union has publicly approved outside the BMWE coalition. On the other hand, the agreement proposed by the CBG negotiators is real – it contains conditions that protect our working rules, it provides for minimum increases in health care, which are more than offset by wage increases that are more than twice the rate of inflation, with reasonable maximum pocket levels that protect our members from the effects of catastrophic medical events. On November 20, the presidents of the SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD) worked on railways represented by the National Carrier Conference Committee (NCCC), the changes proposed by smart-TD to agreements on wages, normal conditions and working conditions. SMART-TD is part of a coordinated negotiating coalition of it and nine other unions representing railway work. Airlines BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Canadian National, Norfolk Southern, such as Line, Union Pacific and many small railways will be represented by the National Committee of the Carrier Conference (NCCC) during the negotiations. The cost of health care has increased dramatically – more than doubling since 2000; and UTU member health insurance premiums doubled from $100 per month to $200 per month in the previous agreement. This interim agreement contains provisions that help control these costs while improving the quality of health care (shown in several slides). Without controlling health costs, members should expect significantly higher premiums in the coming years.
We look at the agreement first and ask whether it is a fair and reasonable settlement. Both on a global basis and in terms of important provisions. We believe that this test is completed in every respect. It`s fair and reasonable. it offers satisfactory wage increases, a mix of general wage increases and lump sums greater than the wage increases received by most American workers and meeting legitimate expectations. It also follows a generous 4% increase in the 1991 implementation agreement to July 1, 1994 and a 2% adjustment to January 1, 1995. It also addresses some of the important needs identified by the union, such as return rights. B, increased employment opportunities for workers, which are limited to terminal companies` turnover tables, and an accelerated entry schedule. On October 6, 2017, the six railway unions, formed by the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG), announced that they had reached an interim national agreement with the nation`s freight railways. Shortly after this announcement, a union belonging to another negotiating coalition launched a campaign of misinformation, misrepresentation and total untruth to disrupt and undermine the democratic process of ratification of the CBG unions.
This anti-union activity included public letters full of untruths, leaflets on TY-E points of service, also full of untruths, and a social media campaign aimed at negatively influencing the ratification process of CBG unions. We can no longer stand idly by and allow this anti-union interference and disruption to be uncontrolled. This is the first agreement reached during this round of national negotiations with the NCCC.