In a recent letter released to employees, BNSF states the issues they will use in the recent bargaining of national negotiations.
The letter states:
The railroads seek to negotiate compensation and health benefits that reflect current economic conditions and to reform labor agreement rules to improve safety, customer service and employee utilization. As an update on the current status, please know that the rail industry will be in federal mediation with all three labor coalitions at the beginning of the year. This article is part of a series related to aspects of the current bargaining round, including the economic factors Impacting the railroads during this round.
Employees in the freight rail industry are among the most highly compensated in the nation.
According to the latest data from the U.S. Commerce Department, freight railroads offer long-term career opportunities with pay and benefits ranked in the top seven percent of American industries.
The average union-represented employee covered in this bargaining round •••
“These are the views of BNSF and the other railroads,” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti. “We need to be ready and prepared to fight for the wages and benefits our hard-working members deserve.
Click here to read the letter sent by BNSF.