|Posted on December 13, 2020 at 11:40 AM|
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 2 — Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway (NYS&W).
The five-year agreement governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for approximately 45 members. The agreement includes retroactive pay and general wage increases each year through January 1, 2024. It also provides increased certification pay for locomotive engineers. In terms of benefits, the agreement provides additional paid time off (PTO) for all members, and members employed for 25 years or more will receive a sixth week of vacation.
The NYS&W members belong to BLET 521 (Hawthorne, N.J.) and are represented by the CP Rail-D&H/PanAm (ST)/SL&A General Committee of Adjustment. The negotiating team consisted of NYS&W General Chairman Kevin Moore, Vice General Chairman Ben Martin, and National Vice President Mike Twombly.
“I thank General Chairman Moore, Vice General Chairman Martin, and Vice President Twombly for their leadership in bringing this year-long round of negotiations to a ratified agreement,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. “I also thank the NYS&W membership for doing their part in the balloting process.”
The NYS&W operates over 400 miles of track in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. It connects with CSX at North Bergen, N.J., Syracuse, N.Y., and Utica, N.Y., and with Norfolk Southern at Binghamton, N.Y., Passaic Junction, N.J., and Marion Interchange, N.J. The railroad is headquartered in Cooperstown, N.Y.