About NRLC

The NRLC is a not-for-profit association whose membership consists of all major (Class I) U.S. freight railroads and many smaller freight and passenger lines. The NRLC, through its National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), represents most of its members in national (multi-employer) collective bargaining with the 13 major rail unions. The NRLC also represents the industry on rail labor issues before federal agencies, congressional committees and the courts; represents railroads in labor arbitration cases; administers the industry-wide health and welfare plans for rail employees; and provides training programs for rail management. For more information on the railroads, visit AAR.org.


The NRLC was formed in 1963 when three regional railroad conferences agreed to form a single, nationwide entity. The NRLC has been based in Washington, D.C. since 1968.