2019 National Negotiations

TCU and TCU Carmen Division Join Coordinated Bargaining Coalition for National Negotiations

Top leaders of 10 rail unions announced that their organizations will be participating in coordinated bargaining in the round of national negotiations that began on November 1, 2019. The unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition are:

  • American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA)
  • Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen / Teamsters Rail Conference (BLET)
  • Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)
  • International Association of Machinists (IAM)
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB)
  • National Conference of Firemen & Oilers/SEIU (NCFO)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)
  • Transportation Communications Union / IAM (TCU)
  • Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART–TD)

The following statement was jointly issued by ATDA President Leo McCann, BLET National President Dennis Pierce, BRS President Jerry Boles, IAM General Vice President – Transportation Sito Pantoja, IBB Director of Railroad Lodge Services John Mansker, IBEW Railroad Department Director Bill Bohne, NCFO President John Thacker, SMART–TD President Jeremy Ferguson, TWU Railroad Division Director John Feltz, and TCU National President Bob Scardelletti:

“We are pleased to announce the creation of the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition as we are on the threshold of the most critical round of national bargaining in a generation. Our Coalition is founded on two key values that we all share. One is that we understand the importance of each Union’s autonomy to pursue membership-specific goals within a framework of broad solidarity to defend and improve the wages, benefits and working conditions of our members. The other is that we will spare no effort to defeat the attack by the railroads on the very foundation of our members’ economic security.”

TCU and the TCU Carmen Division are pleased to be part of this coalition,” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti. “By working together, we are hopeful that we can reach the best agreement possible for all rail workers.”

Jointly, the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition unions represent more than 105,000 railroad workers covered by the various organizations’ national agreements and comprise over 80% of the workforce who will be impacted by this round of negotiations.

Click here to see the press release from the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition.

Rail Carriers Serve Section 6 Notice in National Bargaining

On November 1st the National Carriers Conference Committee served section 6 notices on TCU and TCU Carmen Division, along with all other rail unions in national bargaining.

Click here to read section 6 notice.

The industry is seeking sweeping concessions across the board in every aspect of our agreements.

“Suffice it so say, this is not gonna happen!” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti.

Click here to read the press release from the National Carriers Conference Committee.

TCU and TCU Carmen Division are in the process of preparing the unions Section 6 notice that will be served in the coming weeks. It will provide for substantial wage increases, improvements in our health and welfare and other benefit increases.

It is important for all members involved in national negotiations to review the company’s demands, the demands put it clearly in perspective what the company thinks of us and illustrates the difficulties that we face in this current round of national negotiations.