Pacific Harbor Line, Inc., and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have signed a new five-year labor agreement covering the short line railroad’s nearly 120 operating and maintenance of way employees.
The pact, which was ratified and signed by PHL employees on July 4, includes wage increases; employee contribution to health care; and modification of some rules regarding profit sharing, overtime, the selection of job assignments and productivity.
BLET’s Division 214 in Long Beach, Calif., has represented PHL’s employees since the railroad was formed in 1998. PHL serves customers at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles
“Sometimes the wheels of progress move slowly and it took us a few years to get this agreement right,” added Bill Hannah, BLET general chairman. “But in the end, the company made some essential changes and we negotiated the best agreement possible for our membership, which allowed us to achieve ratification.”
“This was a win-win agreement reflecting teamwork, persistence and determination by both parties,” said Otis Cliatt II, president of PHL, in a written statement.