In accordance with the provision of the moratorium in the last national agreement, today was the first day that the airlines had the opportunity to open the next round of national negotiations and negotiate a new agreement, and they served us accordingly this morning. The unions are: the American Train Dispatchers Association; the brotherhood of locomotive drivers and railway workers; The Brotherhood of Road Maintenance; The Brotherhood of Railway Signal Men; The International Association of Machinists and Aeronautics and Space Workers; International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Mechanical Division; International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Transportation Division; The International Boiler Brotherhood; The International Brotherhood of Electricity Workers; Fireman District National Conference – Oilers, Local 32BJ, SEIU; Transport Communications Union (IAM); and the transport workers` union. In related news, CSXT will not be part of the national negotiations, except in health and wellness. With regard to wages and rules, SMART-TD and CSX agreed to start local negotiations on behalf of railway workers from 21 January 2020. Such notices are required by Section 6 of the Railway Works Act to reopen the agreements. With this communication to the NCCC and the ncCC`s previous communication, the parties will begin the next round of negotiations. If your gut tells you it sounds too good to be true, you have a good intestine. There is no guarantee that a point requested by a union will ever be part of a final collective agreement. Negotiations begin with an empty slate. What other union members have in their agreements does not indicate what a brand new agreement will imply or exclude. There are no negotiation deadlines. Wages and working conditions remain the status quo, while the first agreement is negotiated.
The articles also try to scare you by saying that airlines will unilaterally reduce crews at the end of the last moratorium. That is not how the law works. The moratoriums did not succeed for the sunset crew. On the contrary, Moratoria prohibits one of the parties from sending a notice in accordance with Section 6 in order to amend or modify the current Crew Agreements Consist until the last protected personnel member is eliminated. Once this is done, a section 6 communication can be notified and the next generation of agreements can be negotiated through the long and long process of the RLA. SMART-TD is part of a coordinated negotiating coalition of it and nine other unions representing railway work. Airlines BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Canadian National, Norfolk Southern, such as Line, Union Pacific and many small railways will be represented by the National Committee of the Carrier Conference (NCCC) during the negotiations.