Dear IAM District 19 Members:
Throughout this process of seeking a new contract, you have stood strong and demanded the fair treatment you deserve from the carriers. Your solidarity and strength have made national headlines and, most importantly, given your District 19 negotiating team the power we need at the negotiating table to make the carriers listen to your needs.
Today, we are proud to report that after another round of tough negotiations, we have reached an improved Tentative Agreement with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC). Highlights of the improved Tentative Agreement include:
– A Cap in Healthcare Costs: A limit of monthly Health and Welfare Plan employee contributions of no more than $398.97 through 2025 until a new agreement is reached.
– Single Room Occupancy: For the first time, we will have codified language in our agreement that will require your employers to provide roadway mechanics with their own sleeping rooms while on travel. Previously, this could have been changed by the employers without further negotiation.
– Travel Expenses and Per Diem: The carriers have agreed to bargain with us within 60 days of ratification over travel expenses and per diem.
– Overtime: For the first time, we also got the carriers to agree to a joint study on overtime, forced overtime policies and overtime meal options.
We also secured everything from the first Tentative Agreement, including:
– A 24% compounded general wage increase
– A $5,000 service recognition bonus
– Full retroactive pay, within 60 days of contract ratification, amounting up to $11,950, based on average pay hours (overtime and straight time)
– An additional paid day off for all members including a paid day off for all newly hired employees hired before September 30 of each year
– Enhanced hearing benefits and added coverage for diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
– A “Me-Too” clause, ensuring IAM Rail Division members will receive the same additional value if another union reaches an agreement that improves the terms of this agreement.
In another measure to grow our strength, the cooling off period will now put IAM District 19 members back on schedule with many other rail unions. The new cooling off period will expire on December 9, 2022. In the meantime, we continue to work with coalition partners to secure the best deal possible.
As always, IAM District 19 members will have the final say in this improved Tentative Agreement. Ratification vote details will be shared with every member soon. The IAM District 19 Leadership Team will soon be visiting shops from coast to coast and looks forward to answering your questions.
Again, we thank you for your solidarity and strength, which has led the way for Rail Labor through these historic times.
IAM District 19 Leadership