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Crew consist cut at CSX.

Negotiators for the United Transportation Union and CSX Transportation, Inc. reached agreement on a contract that would eliminate the second brakeman positions on the former Seaboard Coast Line portion of its rail system. (The Transportation Union represents about 3,200 workers employed on the former Seaboard Coast Line.)

The cuts in brakeman positions, which became effective May 1, 1991, would reduce the size of crews from four to three (one engineer, one conductor, and one brakeman), making CSX the first major rail carrier to have three-person crews on all its trains. The chairman and chief executive officer of CSX's parent company, CSX Corp., said, "We are pleased to be the first major railroad to achieve this result solely through collective bargaining."

Terms of the agreement provide employees adversely affected by crew reduction the option of receiving separation allowances of between $30,000 and $50,000, or transfers to other locations along CSX's system where additional brakemen are needed. The contract also-establishes a productivity fund, to which the carrier contributes $48.25 per duty tour whenever the second brakeman position is cut from a crew. At the end of the year, the money in the fund is distributed among the employees, with each employee's share based on the employee's relative number of tours worked during the year. In addition, after all the cuts are implemented, each active employee will receive a $3,000 lump-sum payment.
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Title Annotation:CSX Transportation, Inc. and the United Transportation Union labor contract
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jul 1, 1991
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