SOURCE: BNSF Railway Company

BNSF Railway Company

November 05, 2009 19:10 ET

BNSF and BLET Reach Tentative Agreement

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - November 5, 2009) - BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today announced it has reached a tentative agreement with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) to settle wage and work rule matters concerning BNSF's locomotive engineers for the major round of collective bargaining that will begin Jan. 1, 2010.

The agreement will settle wage and work rule issues through Dec. 31, 2014. Health and welfare issues, however, will be addressed in upcoming industry-wide negotiations.

BLET will release details of the new agreement to its membership as part of the ratification process. However, the agreement affords a general wage increase in each year of the contract, all the while reflecting today's economic realities.

Stephen Speagle, BLET vice president assigned to work with BNSF said, "The agreement is not all we wanted, no agreement ever is, but in this time of economic troubles and hardship, it is an honor for me and for the four BLET general chairmen to be able to present to our members a proposal that gives them the security of a five-year agreement, additional income and additional time off without a single giveback or rule change."

John Fleps, BNSF's vice president, Labor Relations, congratulated Steve Speagle and his negotiating team on another solid achievement.

"In both 2003 and 2007, BLET and BNSF worked successfully to develop innovative compensation arrangements and progressive work rules that have done much to position our company and locomotive engineers to reap the benefits of new technology and generally share in a strong future," Fleps said. "We are pleased to build on those accomplishments, again partnering with BLET in advancing our mutual interests, especially during this period of economic uncertainty and challenge."

About BLET

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen is a Division of the Teamsters Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The BLET represents 55,000 professional and hard working locomotive engineers and trainmen throughout the United States.

About BNSF

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE: BNI), BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest North American rail networks, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is among the world's top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad, carries the components of many of the products we depend on daily, and hauls enough low-sulfur coal to generate about ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at

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