Dispatchers Union Ratifies New Contract With Major Freight Railroads


     Another railroad union has approved the deal made with the major freight railroads last month that helped prevent a strike.

Based on recommendations from a federal panel, it includes 24% raises over 5 years and $5,000 in bonuses.

     The American Train Dispatchers Association said Tuesday that 64% of its members approved the deal with Union Pacific, BNSF, Kansas City Southern, CSX, Norfolk Southern and other railroads

    . Four smaller railroad unions have now approved their deals with the railroads, but the two biggest unions – the ones representing engineers and conductors won’t vote on their tentative agreements until mid-November. 

     All 12 unions that represent some 115,000 workers have to approve these deals to prevent a strike.