Rail strike negotiations stalled by battle over sick leave policies

The top union negotiator in talks to avert a railroad strike has accused BNSF and Union Pacific to delay progress. Specifically, Dennis Pierce, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, or BLET, said the companies rejected the union’s proposal for sick leave policies. “The main resistance comes from the Union Pacific and the … Read more

Major rail unions edge closer to strike

Two of the biggest railway unions in negotiations with rail carriers have drawn a line in the sand: They are demanding that more quality of life provisions be included in the contract, covering attendance policies, holidays and on sick days, otherwise they will go on strike. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the … Read more