A Railroad Union Rejects Proposed Contract Prompting Threats Of Strikes

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers is the smallest of 13 unions that represent over 100 thousand union members.

A move has been made that deepens the threat of railroad workers going on strike.

A third railroad union has rejected a preliminary labor contract. Members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers voted against a tentative agreement reached in September. Details of the previously presented deal, were not released.

The union consists of nearly 300 workers who repair and rebuild locomotives and railroad tracks. They are the smallest of 13 unions that represent over 100 thousand union members.

If a contract is not reached that satisfies the unions, they have proposed to go on strike. If a strike is conducted, it would shutdown a key link to the nation’s supply chain.

The union’s brief statement said further negotiation is expected until a contract is presented that satisfies the unions requests.