Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad (CSS) and SMART TD (International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers) have agreed to a new five-year contract for the 32 engineers, conductors and brakemen represented on the short line.
CSS, a subsidiary of Anacostia Rail Holdings, provides freight service on 127 miles of line between Chicago and South Bend, Ind., and Chicago and Kingsbury, Ind., with connections to all railroads in the area. Chicago as well as at the port of Chicago (see map below). It transports 60,000 wagons a year of steel products, chemicals, coal, grain, minerals, scrap metal, pig iron and roofing materials.
The pact for transport workers, ratified on March 18, 2022, runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2026, the shortline reported on April 8.
“I am delighted that we were able to successfully complete the contract,” said CSS President Todd Bjornstad. “It’s a great package for a talented group of railroad workers who operate our trains and serve our customers.
“Our Local 1526 members who work for CSS Freight are pleased with the new contract,” said SMART Vice President Jamie Modesitt. “Collaborating with the company over the past eight months has created a win-win outcome for both parties.”
“After several months of negotiation, our members have been awarded a quality contract that helps transportation workers and their families get help offsetting the rise in inflation that began in 2021,” the vice said. -General President of SMART Local 1526, Brian “Freddie” Krueger.