Amtrak Utu Agreement

TD Smart President John Previsich and Vice-Presidents John England and John Lesniewski led the negotiating team and an interim agreement was reached. “I congratulate Presidents Keeley, Sampson and Beebe for their professionalism and commitment to joining this very difficult round of negotiations,” said Mr. Previsich. “Their commitment, as well as the knowledge and contributions of the Vice-Presidents, have resulted in interim agreements that demonstrate the value of cooperation for the good of the men and women we represent.” Copies of the proposed agreement and ratification information will be communicated by the Presidents to the members concerned, along with election documents, which will be prepared and distributed from 15 January. Follow this link to view a summary of the agreement now ratified. Smart Transportation General Managers Dirk Sampson (GO 769), Robert Keeley (GO 342) and Fran Ariola (GO 663) announced today that they have reached an interim agreement with Amtrak on behalf of their passenger train members. Interim agreements must now be ratified by the members concerned, in accordance with the provisions of the UTU (SMART Transportation Division) Constitution. Ballot papers are drawn by mail and the provisional deadline for returning ballots is April 10. UTU Amtrak conductors and shipyards are currently in mediation regarding a modified pay, performance and working conditions agreement.

“Certification and interpretation on certain days remain the obstacles that stop us. I remain confident that with the efforts of our UTU negotiating team, we will be able to reach an agreement that will benefit Amtrak members. The Presidents met January 10-11 at SMART TD`s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, to continue negotiations for a new contract for Amtrak employees represented by the union. With the help of TD Smart President John Previsich and Vice-Presidents John Lesniewski and John England, union officials and Amtrak representatives reached interim agreements for each bargaining group. It is therefore above all a question of adapting to change; And as you can see, things are not going well now for the union – and ultimately not for its members, so the comparison is to be the pre-contract BNSF refused. It is also an interim 2014 employment services agreement on the BNSF, which allows trains equipped with TPC to work with a single locomotive engineer, with managers transferred to supervisory positions in exchange for better remuneration for conductors and the protection of professional income. For members who lose income because of their service, the agreement represents up to 120 hours of “full pay” pay. “With the continued efforts of the two general committees and the support of International Vice-President John Previsich, we will reach a fair agreement.” Despite the fact that new technologies were never blocked by disadvantaged workers and that this interim agreement was described by all concerned as “the most lucrative ever obtained in exchange for a reform of labour rules”, it was rejected by the ranks at the request of the national management of the union, which prefers not to negotiate the size of the crew in the hope of maintaining the status quo.