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General Committee of Adjustments



Tentative agreement reached by SMART TD with Amtrak
SMART Transportation Division General Chairpersons Dirk Sampson (GO 769), Robert Keeley (GO 342) and Fran Ariola (GO 663) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement with Amtrak on behalf of their members employed by the passenger railroad.
The chairpersons convened Jan. 10 and 11 at SMART TD headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, to continue negotiations over a new contract for Amtrak employees represented by the union. Assisted by SMART TD President John Previsich and Vice Presidents John Lesniewski and John England, union officials and Amtrak representatives reached tentative agreements for each bargaining group.

Each proposed agreement will be submitted for a ratification vote of the affected members.
Copies of the proposed agreement and information on ratification will be communicated by the General Chairpersons to their respective memberships with balloting materials to be prepared and distributed beginning Jan. 15.


SYNOPSIS – Proposed Amtrak Agreement 

ARTICLE I - Wages: 
No lump sums, all GWI with full retroactive pay

• 1.25% effective July 1, 2015 
• 1.5% effective July 1, 2016 
• 1.5% effective July 1, 2017
• 2.75% effective July 1, 2018 
• 3% effective July 1, 2019 
• 3.75% effective July 1, 2020 
•3.75% effective July 1, 2021 18.83% compounded over the life of the contract 

In summary, the proposed contract provides for an immediate pay increase of 4.31% upon implementation,
with an additional 2.75% on July 1, 2018 for a compounded increase in 2018 of 7.17%, with annual 
increases of 3%, 3.75% and 3.75% thereafter.

 Retroactive:
• 1.25% for July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 
• 2.77% for July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 
•4.31% from July 1, 2017 until implementation of the new rates prior to July 1, 2018 

Assuming April 1, 2018 date for implementation of the new rates, an employee with an average of $75,000 
in annual income will receive approximately $5,439.00 in retroactive pay, $100,000 in annual income
 would receive approximately $7,252.00 and income of $125,000 would receive approximately $9,065.00.

 ARTICLE II - Health Care: 
• Monthly contribution is frozen at $228.00 
• Establishes AMPLAN 1A, a lower cost alternative for members. Open to current employees on a voluntary 
basis. Employees hired after 1/1/19 will participate in this plan for the first five years of employment 
• Telemedicine – doctors available 24/7 with same co-pay as primary care physician 
• Addition of Aetna’s High Performance Network 
• Establishes a fixed 24month period for continuation of coverage for both member and family when a
 member ceases to render compensated service due to illness or injury Other modifications to plan design
 include the addition of an Opioid Control Program, changes to the administration of the prescription drug
 benefit and a revision of coverage for employees deemed to be “Amtrak couples”. 

Article III – Military Service: 
• Provides for up to 120 hours of make whole for pay lost due to military service 


These are the projected rate of pay for the new contract Under the new agreement:

Asst. Conductor
$30.09 on 7/1/15
$30.54 on 7/1/16
$31.00 on 7/1/17
$31.85 on 7/1/18
$32.81 on 7/1/19
$34.04 on 7/1/20
$35.32 on 7/1/21

Conductors
$35.06 on 7/1/15
$35.59 on 7/1/16
$36.12 on 7/1/17
$37.11 on 7/1/18
$38.22 on 7/1/19
$39.65 on 7/1/20
$40.84 on 7/1/21