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BNSF, SMART union reach sick days agreement

By | May 25, 2023

Ten of BNSF’s unions now have agreements

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orange BNSF train surrounded by desert
orange BNSF train surrounded by desert
A BNSF Z train heads south at Congress, Ariz. in March 2023. The railroad and SMART-TD have reached a new agreement for paid sick days. Steve Glischinski

FORT WORTH, Texas – BNSF Railway has reached new tentative agreements for individual paid sick days with SMART Transportation Division, which includes engineers and conductors. The agreement covers workers on the former Great Northern, Spokane Portland & Seattle, Colorado & Southern, Houston Belt & Terminal, Joint Texas Division, Los Angeles Junction, and some former Santa Fe lines, including its former Coast Division. Ten of BNSF’s 12 labor unions are now covered by paid sick leave agreements.

SMART-TD members will receive an additional four paid days off to use as sick days and gain the ability to convert up to three personal leave/single day vacation days to paid sick days. Additionally, paid sick days will not accumulate points under BNSF’s attendance program.

In March and April, BNSF concluded sick time agreements with members of the electrical, carman, and boilermakers unions.

In a statement BNSF said, “We are pleased that our union partners have taken this important step forward to help BNSF modernize its agreements to the benefit of its employees and their members. BNSF remains committed to continued dialogue including the potential addition of paid sick days for those crafts that did not already have individual paid sick days prior to the recent national bargaining round.”​​

5 thoughts on “BNSF, SMART union reach sick days agreement

  1. Can anyone explain the specific mention of only select ancestral railroads, e.g. GN, but not others (e.g. NP, CB&Q)? What does that mean in terms of applicability and practical application?

    1. This goes back to the BN merger the northern lines have a seprate agreement with the company. The GN is almost its own rr in the BNSF as far UTU Smart agreements goes. One can’t just leave their senority district to go to the northern lines without giving up all senority, only taking vacation weeks with, although one can transfer any where else in the system amd take full seniority with.

  2. This article is erroneous. The SMART union does not represent engineers on BNSF. The tentative agreement covers engineers on the LAJ railroad not BNSF. The majority of trainmen and all of the engineers on BNSF are not covered by this TA.

    1. You are in error. The utu smart does rep engineers. The BleT does rep trainmen. AGAIN many pre merger agrements come it to play along with the unions.

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