Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Two rail agreements ratified by UTU members

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United Transportation Union-represented trainmen and engineers employed by Evansville & Western Railroad approved a new five-year agreement, while UTU-represented trainmen and engineers employed by Iowa Interstate Railroad ratified a new six-year agreement.



utu_logo.jpgThe Evansville & Western agreement provides for substantial wage increases with full back-pay, certification pay for conductors and engineers, freezes health care insurance contributions, preserves cost-of-living adjustments and improves working conditions and seniority moves.

The Iowa Interstate agreement provides for wage increases, a boost in the meal allowance, plus improvements in vacation provisions, working conditions and allowances. Also established is a seniority maintenance provision and covered employees will gain coverage under the UTU National Health and Welfare Plan, as well as the national dental and vision plans.

Evansville & Western operates some 124 route miles between Evansville, Ind., and Owkawville, Ill., with a branch to Mt. Vernon, Ind. Iowa Interstate operates almost 600 route miles between Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Chicago, with a branch to Peoria, Ill., and connects with all major North American rail systems.

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