A rail union has endorsed a plan devised by Conrail Inc. and Greenbrier Cos. to give the equipment manufacturing firm a major stake in the carrier's central Pennsylvania freight car repair shops.
The Philadelphia-based railroad announced late last week that the Transport Workers Union endorsed the proposal to have Greenbrier, based in Lake Oswego, Ore., invest $10 million in projects that would bring business to Conrail's shops at Hollidaysburg, Pa., near Altoona.The TWU represents more than 60 percent of the 513 employees at the facility.
Implementation of the Conrail-Greenbrier plan is subject to ratification by other unions in the shop and completion of other documentation.
The plan, which includes provisions that Conrail said would make the facility cost-competitive, calls for Greenbrier to direct freight car work on cars it owns or leases to Hollidaysburg.
Other unions at the shop include the International Association of Machinists, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Blacksmiths, and four other labor organizations.