Bargaining Round Underway for U.S. Freight Railroads

Freight railroads are engaged in a new round of national bargaining covering more than 142,000 employees.

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Because railroads are central to the functioning of the American economy, collective bargaining in the railroad industry is much different than typical labor negotiations. Most important, it is governed by the Railway Labor Act (“RLA”), a federal statute designed to bring the parties to agreement without disruptions to rail transportation.

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The National Railway Labor Conference is an association of U.S. railroads.

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