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Machinists Say Railroads are ‘Somewhat Receptive’ to Its Demands

Sept. 22, 2022, 4:03 PM

A US railroad union that authorized a strike last week says it’s been making incremental progress in the latest round of negotiations with freight rail carriers.

“The carriers have been somewhat receptive to making some needed changes,” leaders of the International Association of Machinists District Lodge 19 said in a letter to members Thursday. “Your continued solidarity is the best way to send a strong message to the carriers as we continue our work at the negotiating table.”

Nearly 5,000 workers belonging to District Lodge 19 rejected a contract with the rail companies Sept. 14, and gave leaders the green light to call a strike. The next day, President Joe Biden announced a tentative deal had been reached with leaders of other unions after all-night negotiations with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, averting an imminent strike. Members of individual unions must still vote to approve the deal.

The National Railway Labor Conference, which represents freight companies, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian Kullgren in Washington at ikullgren@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Genevieve Douglas at gdouglas@bloomberglaw.com;
Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloombergindustry.com