National Negotiations Update


National rail contract talks are continuing between the UTU and the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC).


The NCCC represents BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific and numerous smaller carriers.


Three negotiating sessions have been conducted since Jan. 1, when the existing contract came open for amendment under provisions of the Railway Labor Act.


In the initial two bargaining sessions, the UTU discussed with the carriers the topics of employee productivity, railroad finances and the general economic environment.


The most recent bargaining session, May 18-19, focused on health care issues.


The next bargaining session is scheduled for early June, where the sides will revisit economic and health care issues.


The existing agreement, covering some 40,000 UTU members, remains in force until amendments are concluded under provisions of the Railway Labor Act.