Category Archives: Local News

Bargaining Together, Rail Labor Reaches Tentative Contract with Metra Commuter Railroad in Chicago

After 3 embattled years of negotiations and contract mediation, on November 29th TCU and its Bargaining Coalition brethren reached a Tentative Agreement. Special Assistant to the President and TCU Vice President Matt Hollis served as spokesman for the Coalition comprised of TCU, BRC and ARASA, along with IAM, UTU/SMART-TD and Mechanical, BMWED, IBEW and NCFO.

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TCU Members Rally in Chicago – Metra Union Workers Threaten Strike as Contract Talks Enter Third Year With No Progress

TCU Members were joined by Metra Rail Union members demonstrating at Metra Board of Directors meeting on November 12. So proud to stand in solidarity with @TCUnionHQ and our partners in labor as Metra employees fight for higher wages and a fair contract. After three years without a raise and nearly two years on the

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2022 TCU Dues Rate

In accordance with the IAM Constitution the monthly per capita tax is increased by using the average of the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) as published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Canadian Consumer Price Index as published by

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Assistant National Representative Katrina Coleman Appointed to the TCU Education Committee

“I am proud to appoint Katrina to this role,” said TCU President Maratea. “I know she brings a depth of experience and strong leadership to the table. Our representatives and our members will benefit greatly from the work she’ll do on the committee.” She joins Special Assistant to the President Matt Hollis, Brotherhood Railway Carmen

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Statement from TCU President Maratea – Mandatory Vaccines Imposed by Rail Carriers

As you are surely aware, employers across the United States are mandating that employees be vaccinated against Covid-19 within the next few weeks. The rail industry is no different. As of October 2021, several carriers have established vaccination mandates and we expect many other railroads to follow. Providing a safe and healthy workplace is one

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TCU Local Chairpersons Gather for Advanced Leadership Training Seminar

Last week TCU Local Chairpersons from across the country participated in an Advanced Leadership Seminar. The training included classes on Disciplinary Hearings, the role of the Delegate, an Arbitration workshop and a Mock Union Meeting. Workshops were held by the Legislative, Constitution & Law, Industry Relations, Communications, Legal and Organizing departments. The Local Chairmen that

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TCU Joins #EssentialAlways Campaign to Honor, Thank Frontline Transportation Workers this Labor Day

This Labor Day weekend TCU is proudly joining the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation to recognize and thank frontline transportation workers for their service and sacrifice, and remind Americans that railroad workers are #EssentialAlways. During the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, TCU members were instrumental in keeping the

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August 25, 1925 – A. Philip Randolph Organizes the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

96 years ago today, A. Philip Randolph organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters became the first African-American Union to win a national contract in the United States and receive a charter with the American Federation of Labor (AFL). In an epic struggle, the Porters fought the bitterly antiunion

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