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Freight railroads launch new bargaining round with unions

from Progressive Railroading

The National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) announced that its members, including the nation's largest freight railroads, are beginning a new round of contract bargaining with 12 labor unions representing nearly 125,000 railroad employees. In their bargaining proposals, the railroads are seeking to "better align compensation to market conditions and pay levels of comparable industries;" make changes to health-plan design that would allow more cost sharing; and make changes to work rules, including those that affect train-crew staffing, NLRC officials said in a press release. more

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