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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BMWED/IBT, Midwest System Federation ratify agreement with Iowa Interstate Railroad

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The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes/IBT, Midwest System Federation membership finalized ratification of its Tentative Agreement with the Iowa Interstate Railroad by an overwhelming margin.

The five-year contract provides for annual wage increases and a number of improvements in work rules. The agreement also requires that Iowa Interstate Railroad enroll its BMWED employees in GA - 2300 and GA - 4600, the National Health and Welfare Plan.

"It's been a struggle to get to this point.Our members recognized the value in this contract and illustrated that with their vote," said Midwest System Federation General Chairman Mark Wimmer. "The patience and support of our members at Iowa Interstate has finally paid off."

The Midwest System Federation represents approximately 700 members of the BMWED who build, construct, inspect and maintain railroad tracks, bridges, buildings and equipment.

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