TD Smart President John Previsich and Vice-Presidents John England and John Lesniewski led the negotiating team and an interim agreement was reached. Follow this link to view a summary of the agreement now ratified. One day, trade unions and the working class will have to stand up and demand sustainable wages and social benefits. This agreement does not. Its members voted to accept it. Now they have to live with it. “Certification and interpretation on certain days remain the obstacles that stop us. I remain confident that with the efforts of our UTU negotiating team, we will be able to reach an agreement that will benefit Amtrak members. 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. Mediator Durham entered the room and immediately expressed his disappointment that there were so many of us. She called for our negotiating sessions to be limited to small groups and suggested that most of us should leave and remain only senior officers, which generally implies that Amtrak wants to negotiate calmly and away from the curious eyes and ears of those who will work as part of an agreement reached.
Here is a summary of the provisional agreements. In 2014, a SMART-TD general committee representing some 6,000 BNSF executives negotiated a preliminary agreement allowing PTC-equipped trains to run on part of the BNSF system with a lone engineer without ladders on defined lines. Upon switching to the pure engineering company under the interim agreement, safety compliance would be controlled by a newly appointed “master chef” working from a fixed or mobile location other than the locomotive drivers` cab. There would be treaty ratification bonuses, salary increases, career income protection and other sweeteners, which led former UTU President Paul Thompson to do so as “Home Run … A Grand Slam… “Job security is about creating decades of the future.” It is also an interim 2014 employment services agreement on the BNSF, which allows trains equipped with TPC to work with a single locomotive engineer, with managers transferred to supervisory positions in exchange for better remuneration for conductors and the protection of professional income. “I congratulate Presidents Keeley, Sampson and Beebe for their professionalism and commitment to joining this very difficult round of negotiations,” said Mr. Previsich.