Raillaborfacts.org, which is published by the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC), provides background information on collective bargaining in the freight rail industry. When the railroads and unions are in negotiations, the site also explains the key issues in bargaining and provides up-to-date news on the negotiations.
For more than eight decades, America’s freight railroads have conducted collective bargaining on a national, multi-employer basis. So-called “national handling” has been remarkably successful in reaching contract settlements without crippling labor strikes. In the past 35 years, there have been only five days of service disruptions due to nationally handled disputes – the last such disruption occurred in 1992.
On November 3, 2014, the railroads’ bargaining representative, the National Carriers’ Conference Committee, initiated the start of the 2015 bargaining round by serving bargaining proposals (so-called “Section 6 notices") to the 13 major rail unions, which represent more than 140,000 U.S. rail employees in these negotiations.
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