Contract negotiations between U.S. railroads and rail workers reached a milestone as the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division became the 13th and final union to ratify new contracts, according to the National Carriers' Conference Committee. "The completion of this final agreement underscores the continuing vitality of national collective bargaining in our industry and the effectiveness of the Railway Labor Act processes in helping the parties reach voluntary agreements," said NCCC Chairman A. Kenneth Gradia.

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