INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 6 — By a unanimous vote, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the Cedar River Railroad, a Canadian National subsidiary, on July 30, 2018.
The contract governs six hard working locomotive engineers and runs through December 31, 2019. It provides retroactive pay dating to January 1, 2015, and also includes a 3% general wage increase effective January 1, 2019. The total compounded pay increase over the life of the agreement (2015-2019) is 13.14%.
The contract provides the same health and welfare plan as BLET members covered by the National Agreement, with monthly payments frozen at $228.89. There are no work rule changes in the contract.
BLET National President thanked the Cedar River membership for participating in the ratification process. He also thanked National Vice President Marcus J. Ruef, new General Chairman W.D. (Billy) Evans, and recently-retired General Chairman Clay Craddock for bringing this round of contract negotiations to a successful conclusion.
“I thank our Cedar River members for participating in the ratification process,” President Pierce said. “I also thank our negotiating team for a job well done.”
Headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa, the Cedar River Railroad has connections with the Union Pacific Railroad, Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad, and the Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad.