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It ainít over until itís overÖ

Old 10-15-2022, 04:04 PM
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Öand the fat lady hasnít sung yet:

The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division (BMWED), the third-largest railroad union in the U.S., has rejected a tentative deal with its employers, reviving the possibility of a strike in the vital railroad sector.

In a statement on Monday, BMWED announced that its membership rejected the tentative agreement with the Class I freight railroads, saying that union members are still upset about the poor working conditions and compensation details, among other issues.

ďI trust that railroad management understands that sentiment as well. Railroaders are discouraged and upset with working conditions and compensation and hold their employer in low regard. Railroaders do not feel valued. They resent the fact that management holds no regard for their quality of life, illustrated by their stubborn reluctance to provide a higher quantity of paid time off, especially for sickness,Ē BMWED President Tony D. Cardwell said in a statement.

ďThe result of this vote indicates that there is a lot of work to do to establish goodwill and improve the morale that has been broken by the railroadsí executives and Wall Street hedge fund managers.Ē

Cardwell also said that union members are concerned with the direction of Class I freight railroads, arguing that mismanagement and greed from their companies have created the ongoing issues.
And let there be no mistake, not a single airline going on strike would have nearly the effect on this country of the freight rails shutting down. If they can stand up for better working conditions - despite being under the same RLA the airlines are, the pilot groups ought to be capable of doing the same.
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Old 11-21-2022, 05:32 AM
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An excerpt:

State of play: A no vote from either or both of these unions would raise the threat level of a strike, swinging the balance of power in labor's favor.
  • But even if both groups vote to ratify the deal, this isn't over. Three other, smaller unions have already voted against the contract and are now back in negotiations.
  • The deadline to come to terms was already moved from last weekend to Dec. 4. If one of the unions votes no on Monday, the deadline will move to Dec. 9.
  • After these dates, a strike could happen at any moment ó unless lawmakers step in to implement a cooling-off period or even force the workers to accept a deal.
  • "Our expectation is that no matter what happens, Congress is still going to need to step in," said Scott Jensen, director of issue communications, at the American Chemistry Council. It's one of many trade groups sounding alarms about the possibility of a shutdown.
Between the lines: The contract was brokered by union leadership and they've had a tough time selling the deal to rank-and-file members, many of whom are incredibly angry about how they've been treated in recent years ó particularly during the pandemic.
  • Union leaders trying to sell the deal to members have gotten a lot more blowback than they were expecting, in part due to a worker group ó unaffiliated with these organized unions ó that's been pushing hard against the deal.
  • Unlike in a lot of labor deals, pay isn't the main sticking point. It's work-life benefits ó particularly sick leave.
  • "We were somewhat surprised," when members voted no, said Peter Kennedy, director of strategic coordination research at BMWED, the third-largest union, which voted down the contract in October.
  • "This is the best pay package I've seen in my career," said Kennedy, a near-20-year rail veteran. "If employees are willing to vote that down because of the lack of paid sick time, that tells you something."
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