Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Long Island Emergency Board Reports

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Long Island Emergency Board Reports

Article excerpt

The presidential emergency board (No. 223) created to hear a dispute between the Long Island Rail Road and the United Transportation Union recently issued its report. The board was established under the emergency dispute procedures of the Railway Labor Act--the Federal law that regulates collective bargaining in the railroad industry--to make nonbinding recommendations to resolve a dispute involving the New York City area commuter rail carrier and about 2,300 trainmen, trackmen, carmen, maintenance-of-way supervisors, and special service attendants represented by the United Transportation Union. The dispute involved more than 100 work rules and a number of wage, pension, and health and welfare proposals.

Among the board's recommendations was a 3-year agreement that called for:

* wage increases of 2.5 retroactive to January 1992 and 1993 and 3.5 percent in January 1994:

* a uniform health insurance plan which contains "substantially comparable" benefits to those under current plans, with copayments and "slightly" increased deductibles, a fair form of utilization review, a Joint Benefit Trust for supplemental benefits, and binding arbitration for disputes over the comparability of the plans;

* adequate explanation to prospective retirees of pension benefit options; and

* increased allowances for safety shoes and the first meal of the day. …

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