Monday, March 05, 2012

UTU reaches agreement with Progressive Rail

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The United Transportation Union and Progressive Rail have finalized a first-time collective bargaining agreement for Progressive Rail train and engine workers represented by the UTU.

UTU International Vice President John Previsich, who assisted in the negotiations, aided by a mediator with the National Mediation Board, said the agreement "provides for significant wage increases with pay classifications equal for all, a grievance process and a seniority preference for assignments and bidding. Overall, this is an excellent first agreement that dramatically improves wages, rules and working conditions for Progressive Rail employees."

Previsich said the agreement received "overwhelming approval by the covered employees, who are to be commended for their solidarity and perseverance through a long and drawn-out negotiating process."

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