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Early last week, a majority of BLET members at the New England Central Railroad (NECR) ratified a new on-property agreement governing rates of pay, benefits and work rules for approximately 40 operating employees.

The five-year deal runs through December 31, 2027, and provides general wage increases of 22% over the life of the contract (9% in 2023; 4% in 2024, 3% in 2025, 3% in 2026 and 3% in 2027). Also included is a $2,000 signing bonus.

The negotiating team consisted of NECR General Chairman Kevin Moore, Division 521 Local Chairman Kevin Cullanine, assigned National Vice President Randy Fannon, and now-retired National Vice President Mike Twombly.

“The committee is very proud of all the hard work that went into negotiating this agreement,” General Chairman Moore said.

A Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary, the New England Central Railroad runs from the US/Canada border through Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut to the New London, Connecticut on Long Island Sound.