A negotiating session between representatives of 14 striking labor unions and the management of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad ended Wednesday with no progress toward a settlement.
Management put forth a severance pay offer for the employees who won't be hired by the railroad's new owner that the unions termed ridiculous and insulting.Some 750 employees struck the railroad on Sept. 17 over terms of the $75 million sale to the Chicago West Pullman Transportation Corp.
Management will again ask a federal judge in Pittsburgh today to grant a temporary restraining order and force the workers back to their jobs.
U.S. District Judge Alan Bloch rejected the line's earlier request on Sept. 21, after ruling that the railroad failed to live up to its requirements by refusing to negotiate with the unions over the terms of the sale.
A union official Wednesday afternoon said the P&LE offer amounted to about 5 percent of what the unions believe the Interstate Commerce Commission would have ordered if it had imposed job-protection provisions.
The unions and the P&LE management are scheduled to meet again Friday afternoon.