The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (BMWED-IBT) and SMART-Mechanical Department (SMART-MD) Coalition met with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) on January 14, 2020 to schedule dates for negotiations.
The BMWED/SMART-MD Coalition is scheduled to conduct negotiations with the NCCC on March 18th and 19th; April 15th and 16th; and May 19th and 20th. Further dates will be scheduled between the parties as bargaining proceeds. The NCCC also advised that it was scheduled to convene with the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition in late February.
President Simpson offered, “This round of negotiations will be very challenging, especially given the dynamics of America’s national Presidential election and the Carriers’ desire to pursue efficiencies related to Positive Train Control (PTC). We are prepared to go the distance to get a fair agreement for our members despite these challenges. BMWED and SMART-MD are ready to bargain together with the Carriers whenever, wherever.”
You can read the full article, as well as find more information on National Bargaining, by visiting the BMWED-IBT National Division website at bmwe.org.