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The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way – Employees Division (BMWED) will not go on strike after November 19, opting instead to hold off on any potential action until early December and saying that the date change will enable the railroads to come up with their best offer without threat of a looming walkout.
The period that BMWED members must maintain the status quo at their respective sites will be aligned with three other unions that have yet to ratify their labour agreements. Those three unions – the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division (SMART) and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) – have yet to vote or revote on whether to ratify their tentative labour contracts.
The status quo periods for BLET and SMART-TD are in place until just after midnight on December 9, and so BMWED’s period to maintain the status quo will end then as well, the union said in an announcement. BMWED had said previously that its status quo period would end after November 19.
Read more in an article from FreightWaves.