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2017 B&O Agreement Pay Rates (Rate Cards & Trip Rates)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 | By Administrator

Dear Sirs and Brothers:

The recent B&O Agreement Pay Rates established by the ratification of the 2017 National Agreement is available by clicking here. The 2017 Trip Rates are available by clicking here.

The pay rates reflect a 2% general wage increase for July 1, 2016, and a 2% general wage increase for July 1, 2017. In addition, Side Letter #1 required the Carrier to implement such general wage increases by January 1, 2018, or soon thereafter. Accordingly, CSX implemented the general wage increases on December 14, 2017, under System Notice 116, dated December 13, 2017.

Nonetheless, the Pay Rates should be placed in your B&O Schedule Agreement under Appendix “S”. In addition, we have eliminated the 95% rate card since every new hire hired after September 16, 2011, is under the four-year pay scale established by Article IV of the 2011 National Agreement.


Fri, 01 Dec 2017 | By Administrator

By a margin of nearly four to one, SMART Transportation Division members have voted to APPROVE the new National Rail Contract. The voting was conducted by BallotPoint Election Services, who certified the following results for each craft eligible to vote:
Conductors 79.89% 20.11%
Brakemen 78.98% 21.02%
Engine Service 76.58% 23.42%
Yardmen 79.97% 20.03%
Yardmaster 86.68% 13.32%
Combined 79.57% 20.43%
The approved contract will have an effective date of December 1, 2017, with an implementation of new pay rates and employee healthcare cost-sharing modifications planned for January 1, 2018.
Employees’ monthly health care contributions will remain frozen at $228.89 for the life of the contract.
The term of the agreement is for five years, from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2019. In addition to a 3% increase previously negotiated and already implemented on January 1, 2015, the contract provides for full retroactive pay of 2% from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, and 4% from July 1, 2017, until implementation of the new rates. Thereafter, affected members will receive a boost in wage rates of 2.5% on July 1, 2018, and 3% on July 1, 2019.
The ratified contract will cover over 35,000 SMART TD members employed by BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific and numerous smaller carriers, all of whom were represented in this round of bargaining by the rail industry’s National Carriers’ Conference Committee.
The SMART TD negotiating team was led by President John Previsich, who was assisted in the negotiations by Vice Presidents David Wier, John Lesniewski, Troy Johnson, John England, Doyle Turner and Jeremy Ferguson, along with General Chairpersons Danny Young (BNSF), Mark Cook (NS), Brent Leonard (UP) and Steve Mavity (CSX), all four of whom are nationally elected TD officers in addition to serving as General Chairpersons.
For this round of bargaining, SMART TD joined forces with five other unions to form the Coordinated Bargaining Group. The other unions in the CBG are the American Train Dispatchers Association; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters); the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers and the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers/SEIU.
President Previsich commented: “I believe that our negotiating team, along with the teams from the other unions in the CBG, are to be commended for staying the course during a long and tedious round of negotiations. The easy thing for them to do when the going got tough was to declare defeat and walk away from the negotiating table, as others have done, but our team never wavered. By rejecting the carriers’ unreasonable demands while staying at the table and continuing to negotiate, the team was successful in obtaining an agreement that achieved an approval rate of 79.57%.”
The SMART Transportation Division, formerly the United Transportation Union, is the largest rail union in the United States representing members in all operating crafts, including engineers, conductors, trainmen, switchmen, and yardmasters.