BNSF, TCU and NCFO agree to new individual paid sick days.
BNSF is pleased to announce agreements with the Transportation Communications Union (TCU) and the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers (NCFO) granting individual paid sick days. The TCU agreement applies to insourced intermodal equipment operators, which represent a majority of TCU members at BNSF. Other TCU members already have paid sick days as part of their existing agreement.
We hope these are the first of a series of new agreements across our other crafts who did not already have individual paid sick days prior to the recent national bargaining round. Today's agreements are part of a collaborative effort aimed toward modernizing the work environment and addressing quality of life.
Building upon existing paid time off and sickness benefits, each TCU-represented insourced intermodal equipment operator and NCFO member will now receive an additional four paid days off to use as sick days and gain the ability to convert up to three personal leave days to sick days each year.
While the national bargaining round is now over, BNSF has continued the dialogue and offered to engage in more tailored modernization efforts with all our unions, which includes potential paid sick days, and we are encouraged by the positive engagement.