Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Amtrak-UTU Accord

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Amtrak-UTU Accord

Article excerpt

By a narrow margin, members of the United Transportation Union voted recently to accept a tentative agreement with Amtrak, the rederally operated passenger rail cartier. The settlement included an economic package smaller than those negotiated recently by other unions at Amtrak, but similar to the wage and benefit settlements at the major freight camers involved in the April 1, 1991, national rail strike (Monthly Labor Review, January 1992, pp. 22-23). The Amtrak agreement covered about 2, 150 conductors and train operators nationwide.

The contract provides wage increases of 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 1991, 3 percent on July 1, 1993, and 4 percent on July 1, 1994; lump-sum payments totaling $6,747 to be distributed in five installments: $2,000 immediately, $1,287 on July 1, 1992, $1,273 on July 1, 1993, $1,297 on January 1, 1994, and $890 on January 1, 1995; and a cost-of-living adjustment clause effective on January 1, 1995, when the contract expires, with semiannual payments of 1 cent an hour for each 0.3-point increase between 1.5 percent and2.5 percent in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. …

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