Coordinated Bargaining Coalition Update:
January 22, 2021 - The Rail Unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition (CBC), negotiating to-gether in the current round of National Negotiations, have issued the following statement:
"The CBC and the nation's Rail Carriers first met concerning the November 1, 2019 Section 6 Notices in January 2020. Although the COVID 19 Pandemic has made meetings for groups of this size challenging, the parties con-tinued to meet virtually to make presentations concerning their proposals throughout 2020. Additional meetings have now been scheduled for early 2021.
"While CBC and the Rail Carriers continue to share and discuss all aspects of what would be necessary to reach a voluntary agreement, the Rail Carriers have not made any proposals worthy of consideration by the membership of the CBC Unions. The parties will continue to meet in good faith as we move into 2021, fully cognizant that it is our members who must ratify any voluntary agreement."
In the lawsuit over Union Pacific’s Covid-19 protocols, the Judge granted Union Pacific’s motion for a temporary restraining order barring BMWED members from withdrawing from service in response to Union Pacific’s Covid-19 policies. This restraining order will be in effect through January 8, 2021. The Judge scheduled a hearing on Union Pacific’s motion for a preliminary injunction for January 5, 2021. Under the judge’s order, BMWED and its officers, staff and agents may not direct, call, instigate, encourage or engage in any strike, self-help, sickout, concerted refusal to bid, slowdown, work stoppage, refusal to work, job action, picketing, or refusal to cross a picket line at or against Union Pacific, or any acts to support such actions. The hearing set for January 5 will determine whether this order or any like order will continue past January 8.