AUGUST 18, 2022, FRONT ROYAL, VIRGINIA — The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, which represents more than 6,500 members working on the nation’s freight railroads in national collective bargaining, today issued the following statement regarding the report of Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) No. 250:
The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) has received the report and recommendations issued by PEB 250. In summary, the PEB recommends to increase wages by 24 percent, compounded, during the five-year period from 2020 through 2024, with five annual $1,000 lump sum payments. The Board also recommended adjustments to health care premiums, including uncapping the monthly employee cost share, and limited changes to work rules.
While the wage adjustments are the highest in modern history, they still fall short of what our members have earned through their hard work in keeping America moving despite the numerous obstacles. The lack of acknowledgement of the need for sick days is concerning when our members continue to put their own lives, and those of their family, on the line during the COVID pandemic, without any sick days. Most importantly, we are disappointed that when presented with numerous statements from our members regarding their increased responsibility, territories, testing requirements, along with technical knowledge, the Board refused to address their voices and our craft-specific request. The BRS remains committed to listening to our membership and fighting for their best interests.
The BRS believes improvements need to be made to the recommendations to reach the agreement our members have earned. We remain committed to standing in solidarity with our members and rail labor to settle this contract dispute with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC). We will plan to meet with the NCCC and negotiate based on the PEB recommendation, just as we have done in the past.