Freight Railroads and BMWED Cooling Off Period Extended

The freight railroads and BMWED have extended their current cooling off period until at least December 4 to align with all other rail unions yet to ratify their tentative agreements. As a result of this agreement, members of the two largest rail unions – BLET and SMART-TD – will complete the ratification votes that currently are underway prior to any potential work stoppage. This agreement provides greater certainty for the economy, rail customers and rail passengers ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday (source: AJOT).