The provisional agreements of the BLET and the train distributors, as well as the extension of the cooling-off period agreed by BMWE 1, were met with separate decisions by the House of Representatives and the Senate. With regard to pay and labour rules, BMWE, which has 27,500 members, provisionally approved a model established last year between the largest and third largest railway unions, and then agreed by most small-scale labour organisations. In the health sector, however, BMWE and the airlines have agreed on binding arbitration. An identical interim agreement was also reached with the Shopcraft department of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (1,100 members). More than 70% of the 145,000 unionized freight railway workers have ratified agreements with more than 30 freight railways – including BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific – that are represented in the NCCC negotiations. Negotiations between the freight railways and their dozens of unions began in January 2015, in accordance with the provisions of the Railway Works Act. Until now, agreements on wages, benefits and labour rules remain in effect until they are reviewed by collective bargaining, mandatory arbitration or congressional laws (in the event of a failure of collective bargaining). The terms of the ratified agreements in this round of negotiations will not be renegotiated until 1 January 2020. Previously, the Transport Communications Union, the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen and the various Shopcrafts, including the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, had entered into six-year interim contracts with the National Carrier Conference Committee (NCCC). The NCCC represents BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, line, Union Pacific and many small railways in national management.
On December 1, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the American Train Dispatchers Association agreed to a six-year interim contract, as recommended last month by the Presidential Emergency Board No. 243. References to the national rail treaty ratified by the UTU are detailed in the RECOMMENDATIONs of the PEB. Railway unions whose members have ratified agreements on wages, benefits and labour rules include the American Train Dispatchers Association (1,600 members); Brotherhood of locomotive drivers and railway workers (27,200); Fraternity of Rail Signals (8,500); Carmen Railway Fraternity (11,100); Transportation and Yardmaster divisions of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (44,000); National Conference of Firefighters and Petroleum (2,800); and Transportation Communications International Union (6,300).