On July 14, 2010, the National Mediation Board (NMB) assigned a mediator to the deadlocked negotiations between TCU (Carmen and Clerks) and the freight railroads that are in national handling.
The NMB assigned the same mediator to TCU coalition partners IAM, IBEW, and TWU.
The next step will be for the mediator to contact the parties and schedule mediated negotiations.
The NMB acted upon the request of TCU and the other Coalition unions.
“This is a necessary step to move these talks forward,” says TCU President Robert Scardelletti. “We are determined to reach a fair contract, and will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal as quickly as possible.”