United Transportation Union Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (UTU-SMART) members of General Committee of Adjustment GO 065 employed by Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) recently ratified a new agreement governing their rates of pay and working conditions, according to SMART Vice President John Lesniewski.
The agreement mirrors that of the September 16, 2011, UTU National Agreement, Lesniewski said.
While GO 065 members had already been governed by the health and welfare provisions of the 2011 national agreement by virtue of the carrier’s participation in national handling for health and welfare only, the remainder of the agreement had been stalled in mediation over disputes involving crew consist and other local issues.
“With those issues having been successfully set aside in favor of future voluntary and non-binding discussions, the agreement was ratified by an overwhelming majority of nearly 97 percent of voting members,” Lesniewski said.
BRC, headquartered in Chicago, is co-owned by six Class 1 railroads, including BNSF, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific, each of which uses the switching and interchange facilities. The BRC also provides rail terminal services to approximately 100 local manufacturing industries.