The IBT negotiating committee met on September 15th and 16th to discuss answers to many questions that were raised after the Agreement In Principal (AIP) was reached. At issue were several items that came to light with the full draft language from the company.
As reported before, the complete language from the company was sent to the committee shortly after the AIP was reached. The committee set to the task of comparing the document line by line in order to verify the language that was agreed to. As a result, a majority of the CBA is complete, however during review the committee realized that some changes were not clear. Some of these noted changes are settled as a result of questions posed to the company, and others required additional meeting time. Each of these changes were somewhat subtle on their own merits, but together, all of these changes created some concern for this committee.
As a result, your committee has voted, and the decision has been made that we do not have a Tentative Agreement at this point. The Agreement in Principle still stands, as well as the NMB gag order. The NMB has directed the parties to meet at their offices in Washington, D.C. on September 26th to discuss the issues.
The committee appreciates your patience as it is understood that this process can be frustrating. The committee believes it is better to get the items right rather than to rush through this process and we ask for your continued solidarity and patience while this process comes to a conclusion.