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SANTA FE RAILWAY AND UTU REACH SIGNIFICANT ACCORD

 SANTA FE RAILWAY AND UTU REACH SIGNIFICANT ACCORD
 SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the United


Transportation Union (UTU) on the Texas lines of Santa Fe Railway have ratified a significant new agreement that will further reduce the size of crews on freight trains and simplify certain work rules, while establishing additional security and benefits for employees, Santa Fe Railway announced today.
 "This key agreement lets us maintain a highly competitive posture in the Texas and Gulf ports region of our railroad. The union's leaders, in particular General Chairman Garland Neal and Vice President John Easley, deserve much credit for their role in promoting both their members' job security and the Santa Fe's future as a major player in the transportation industry," said Russell E. Hagberg, vice president- transportation for Santa Fe Railway.
 Like the Coast lines contract, ratified two weeks earlier, primary terms of the new Texas agreement provide that crews on all through freight trains operating on the railway's Texas lines will have no brakemen and will consist of a conductor and one locomotive engineer. Locomotive engineers are not involved in this agreement. Previously, through freight trains operated with both a conductor and brakeman, in addition to the engineer. The new agreement also improves the efficiency of Santa Fe's road freight crews by eliminating certain restrictions on their performance of work in terminals, and by fine- tuning several other work rules.
 This agreement updates an accord ratified in 1989 on the same part of the railroad, which made the standard crew consist of a conductor and one brakeman, in addition to the engineer, and eliminated "lonesome pay" and "productivity fund" payments to cover employees. The new agreement covers about 20 percent of Santa Fe's conductors, trainmen and yardmen. None of the approximately 600 employees involved will be furloughed as a result. An employee may voluntarily terminate his employment immediately and depart with deferred money from the 1989 agreement plus a supplemental severance allowance for a total cash payment of nearly $100,000.
 "With the Texas lines and Coast lines agreements completed, the vast majority of through freight trains on the western 60 percent of the Santa Fe system will operate with an efficient, two-person crew, regardless of the train's length or composition. Further, all Santa Fe road crews will have the freedom to meet our customers' expectations by directly performing work in yard areas which before had to be done by separate yard crews. Again, we have been able to achieve major gains in productivity while assuring a high level of protection for all UTU represented employees affected by these developments."
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 /CONTACT: Catherine Westphal, 708-995-6273, for Santa Fe/ CO: Santa Fe Railway ST: Illinois IN: TRN SU:


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