CSX and Unions Reach Landmark Agreement at Huntington Shop
by PR Newswire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. , Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CSX Transportation Inc. has signed a landmark agreement with four labor unions that sets new standards of quality and productivity at the company's Huntington (W.Va.) Locomotive Shop. The agreement covers a variety of work, including locomotive rebuilds. The unions signing the agreement are the Transportation Communications Union's Carmen Division, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers. "This is an innovative contract by CSX and its union-represented employees at the Huntington facility," said Ken Mason , CSX vice president-labor relations. "This is a true win-win agreement that provides the right incentives for improved worker flexibility and the ability to drive significant improvements in quality, production and efficiency." Jeff Doerr , president and directing general chairman of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 19, also praised the agreement. "This historic agreement proves that by working efficiently, railroad unions can compete with outside contractors even at higher rates of pay with superior benefits," Doerr said. Under the agreement signed October 23 , members of all four unions may perform all assigned work without regard to craft or union affiliation. Covered employees will received a $500 signing bonus, a $1 hourly efficiency differential, and guaranteed employment for the duration of the four-year agreement. In addition, the current ratio of members of each union currently working at the Huntington Locomotive Shop will be preserved, Mason said. About CSX CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida , is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States , where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com . Like us on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX ) and follow us on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/CSX ). SOURCE CSX Transportation Inc.