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Director: Al Russo

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July 25, 2022 - United Rail Unions Statement  New!


July 15, 2022 - United Rail Unions Statement


June 15, 2022 - Rail Unions received a proffer of arbitration from the NMB.

June 9, 2022 - The United Rail Unions issue the following statement on CBC/NCCC in conclusion of third week in mediation with the National Mediation Board

June 2, 2022 - The United Rail Unions issue the following statement on CBC/NCCC in super mediation with the National Mediation Board

May 20, 2022 - Coordinated Bargaining Coalition welcomes face-to-face mediation over national contract negotiations

May 6, 2022 - BLET: The Coordinated Bargaining Coalition again calls on NMB to proffer arbitration

April 25, 2022 - The Coordinated Bargaining Coalition released the following statement...

January 24, 2022 - Rail Labor’s largest coalition reaches dead end on path to voluntary agreement  September 22, 2021 - Coordinating Bargaining Coalition Update for National Freight Negotiations  

Chairs DeFazio and Payne, Jr. Request GAO Study on the Impacts of Precision Scheduled Railroading

Coordinated Bargaining Coalition (CBC), National Negotiations statement

Transportation Labor Applauds Pete Buttigieg’s Nomination to Department of Transportation


American Public Transportation Association Petition for Waiver of Compliance Docket No. FRA-2020-0060



Healthcare Bargaining Press Release - August 7, 2020



Joint AAR-ASLRRA Labor Letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader Schumer, and Minority Leader McCarthy

Joint Labor Letter to Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory 4-09-2020

Joint Labor Letter to Federal Transit Administrator Williams 4-08-2020

News Release from OSHA



Railroad Retirement Board's revised  COVID-19 Guidance and FAQs...



Transportation Labor Principles for Combating the COVID-19
Public Health and Economic Crisis

The workers who build, operate and maintain our nation’s transportation systems are struggling, along with most Americans, with the scope and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Workers in every mode of transportation in the U.S. that involves organized labor — from rail to buses to boats — are keeping this country together and moving during this crisis,” said IBEW Railroad Department International Representative Al Russo. “Until we’re told to stand down, we’ll go to work every day, but we’ll need help if we’re expected to stay healthy and whole while doing so.”

Leaders within the AFL-CIO’s transportation-related unions have signed a letter calling on federal policymakers to take decisive action to address frontline railroad and other transportation workers’ concerns over the immediate and long-term health and economic effects brought on by the virus that causes COVID-19.

Read the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department’s “Transportation Labor Principles for Combating the COVID-19 Public Health and Economic Crisis.” (see below)

TTD.org Go to Policy







Coordinated Bargaining Coalition Update - July 31, 2020


 IBEW Joins the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition


 IBEW Serves Section 6 Notice to National Carriers' Conference Committee (NCCC)






Decision Rendered in “True-up” Arbitration



Railroad National Agreement Retroactive Pay & True-up Update

2018 Fully-Executed National Agreement


National Agreement Ratification Update - May 11, 2018


Previous Notices: 

National Agreement Ratification - May 8, 2018
Tentative 2018 Railroad National Agmt. Wage Increase & Health Care Cost Analysis


National Agreement Back Out For Ratification - Ratification Package April 2018
IBEW Members Reject Railroad Tentative National Agreement - February 2018
Tentative Agreement Reached with Railroads - Ratification Process to Begin

2014 IBEW National Section Six with All Attachment D's

National Freight Railroads Original Section Six Notice to IBEW - November 3, 2014

National Freight Railroads Revised Section Six Notice - July 12, 2017 for Shop Craft Coalition





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About the Railroad Department:

Although jet travel has supplanted railroads as the passenger mode of choice, and the highway system is the principal venue for product transportation, railroads are still alive and well in North America. In the United States, approximately 40% of all freight is shipped by rail, while in Canada, the figure is 71%. IBEW members play a major role in keeping this vital mode of transportation rolling.

Railroad electricians inspect, test, assemble, install, remove, dismantle, connect, disconnect, rebuild, overhaul, adjust, wire, wind, load, calibrate, balance strip, align, clean and lubricate all electrical and electronic equipment and components in all railroad shops, yards and buildings.

IBEW railroad communications technicians perform all types of work generally recognized as communications work per their agreements with various carriers. They work with microwave, radio, telephone and other communications devices, apparatus and equipment in the course of operating, maintaining and repairing these systems in shops, yards and buildings and on locomotives. The IBEW also represents several other classes of railroad workers as certified and per agreements with particular carriers.



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