District Lodge 19

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P/DGC John Lacey

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  • President John Lacey

National Freight Agreement update May 10, 2018:

Sisters and Brothers:

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Railroad Division (IBEW) has notified us that the National Freight Agreement was ratified by their membership.

 It is our understanding that the IBEW will be presenting their dispute of the Health & Welfare “True Up” to Arbitration for adjudication.

We have also been advised by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division (BMWE-IBT) along with International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART-Mechanical) that their arbitration hearing was completed on Tuesday May 8th, 2018. They presented their case to Arbitrator and Neutral, Gil Vernon. They began their case on Monday May 7th, 2018 and wrapped it up on Tuesday May 8th, 2018. BMWE-IBT and SMART believe it will be a few weeks before Arbitrator Vernon makes his ruling. We will be watching for his decision and wish the BMWE-IBT and SMART the best of luck with the ruling.

The National Mediation Board (NMB) also notified us the NCCC has taken the position that the Tentative Agreement that was voted down by our membership is the Carriers final and best offer. Also, that the Carriers are not willing to continue with any further negotiations. The Carriers have nothing else to offer and will not entertain any more proposals from us. The Carriers believe that with the ratification of the wages by all the crafts but us and the Health and Welfare by all crafts but the BMWE & SMART gives them a very strong pattern of bargaining. The Carriers are very confident they will prevail in arbitration with BMWE & SMART on the Health and Welfare. If that should be true; then 95 % of the employees’ subject to the National Freight Agreement will be working under the new Agreement.

I must tell you that we are in an extremely difficult situation. The fight we are in is the toughest fight in my railroad career. We are conversing with Legal exploring strategy and options to combat the Carriers.

Please continue to watch District Lodge 19 website for future updates.

In Solidarity and Fraternally yours,

 John Lacey 

President Directing General Chairman