Railroads Disappointed With NMB Decision To End Mediation
September 6, 2011
The National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) which represents more than 30 railroads is involved in national bargaining with 13 major rail unions. As of now, the Unions refuse to consider the freeze on employee health care contributions and the 17% wage increase. Arbitration and mediation have not yet worked. At the request of the National Mediation Board, the railroad agreed to go to binding arbitration, but the coalition unions refused.
Serving as the railroad’s bargaining representative, Chairman of the NCCC Kenneth Gradia said, “We are extremely disappointed by the Board’s decision to end mediation. It is clear this action reflects the enormous pressure the unions have placed on the Board to obtain what we believe is a premature release given that neither coalition has bargained in good faith.”