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Members Reject Rail Freight Agreement

April 12, 2004

In mail balloting that was completed on April 5, 2004, members of IBEW railroad locals rejected the tentative collective bargaining agreement with the freight rail carriers. The International Office received ballots from 3,214 members, with 57 percent voting to reject and 43 percent voting to accept.

As part of the vote, members were also asked to give the IBEW negotiation team a direction for the next step of the process. Sixty-two percent favored seeking binding arbitration, while 38 percent preferred requesting a Presidential Emergency Board. The bargaining committee will meet with the National Carriers Conference on April 15, 2004 to move forward with binding arbitration.

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