After 45-year-long effort, 3,000 Norfolk Southern workers win paid sick days
Less than three weeks after the derailment in East Palestine, Norfolk Southern has reached an agreement with a union to provide paid sick leave to 3,000 employees who maintain the railroad’s tracks and trestles.
According to a news release from Norfolk Southern, members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees will be eligible to take up to seven paid sick days per year.
“After 45 years of fighting for this issue the carrier and Union has accomplished what is needed for those who contribute the most to railroad profits, the workers on the ballast line,” said union President Tony D. Cardwell
A statement from the union says four paid sick days will go into effect immediately.
According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, paid sick leave for workers is one of the reforms that the Department of Transportation has been calling for.