Each proposed agreement is subject to ratification by the members concerned. « Our members will soon have before them an agreement that does not provide for significant percentage wage increases – thousands and thousands of dollars. Our health care was fully protected, including our medical early retirement benefits, and finally, all work rules were protected. NO CHANGE. Prior to joining FRA, Lauby was director of the National Transportation Safety Board`s Office of Railroad Safety, oversaw hundreds of rail accident investigations for NTSB, and coordinated with our union`s safety transportation team in numerous investigations. He was the NTSB`s representative at RSAC. For military personnel who lose their income due to their service, the agreement provides for up to 120 hours to « do everything » with pay. Members who, for one reason or another, do not receive a ballot may request one from TCUTA@tcunion.org. Questions relating to the agreement may also be addressed to TCUTA@tcunion.org. SMART Transportation Division Presidents Dirk Sampson (GO 769), Robert Keeley (GO 342) and Fran Ariola (GO 663) announced today that they have entered into an interim agreement with Amtrak on behalf of their railway members.
As previously reported, after three long and controversial years of negotiation, TCU Carmen, Manager, On-Board Service Worker and Supervisor have entered into an Interim Agreement (TA) with Amtrak with our coalition partners IAM, IBB, IBEW, SMART Mechanical, NCFO, TWU and UNITE-HERE. Subsequently, SMART-Transportation (formerly UTU) also initialled a similar agreement. Ta now covers 70% of Amtrak`s workforce. Sampson said, « We are continuing negotiations with Amtrak to reach a fair deal for our members. Certification and performance of individual days are important themes for amtrak conductors and assistant conductors. The preliminary agreements must now be ratified by the members concerned in accordance with the provisions of the UTU (SMART Transportation Division) Constitution. Ballots will be mailed and the provisional deadline for the return of ballots is April 10. « In the ongoing contract negotiations with Amtrak, we are working to reach a fair agreement for our members.