Despite the concerns over federal intervention, the BMWE
and the CAW were unable to coordinate their actions.
officials could not be reached for comment Monday.
wanted to bargain separately with each carrier because it felt that strategy would preserve the strike threat as a bargaining tactic.
Ron Bowden, eastern system federation general chairman of the BMWE
in Canada and chairman of the union bargaining committee, said: "Never before has the BMWE
been able to renegotiate a labour agreement with CN so far in advance of a current agreement's expiry.
will actively support the CN/BNSF combination and will take appropriate action before all relevant forums to convey that support.
In agreeing to this settlement, we want our African American employees and the BMWE
to know that Amtrak values diversity.
and CN have also agreed to good-faith negotiations to deal with any other merger issues.
General Chairman Jed Dodd of the Pennsylvania Federation, which has jurisdiction over the BMWE
track maintenance, building, bridge and electric catenary system workers on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, stated:
Jed Dodd, General Chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation BMWE
The BLE and the BMWE
had vigorously opposed the bill in the House.
Assess -- in cooperation with the BMWE
and the FRA -- track department manpower requirements.
The strike had effectively shut down train operations on the former Union Pacific proper and was called because Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) announced that the track panel assembly plant in Laramie, Wyoming, owned by UPRR and operated under contract by employees represented by the BMWE
would be closed down and that future panels would be purchased from outsiders.