(Platts) The three railroad unions still without a bargaining agreement and the group representing the railroads are working to extend the deadline for a deal to February 2012, Platts learned Wednesday. Under the current recommendations by the President Barack Obama-appointed Presidential Emergency Board, unionized railroad workers can strike after the current December 6 deadline if no deal is reached.
"We are currently exploring options for a mutual agreement to extend the cooling off period with all three unions," said Joanna Moorhead, general counsel for the National Rail Labor Conference, which is representing the railroads.
The three unions still in negotiations are the American Train Dispatchers Association, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (spelled that way in honor of tradition) Division. Continued