NCFO Press Release

Falls Church, VA

An agreement between The National Conference of Firemen & Oilers and Union Pacific Railroad providing paid time off for illness and wellness was reached.

Effective April 1, 2023, the number of hours of paid days for sick time off accrued for each NCFO Member shall be prorated to 24 hours in 2023. In 2024 each NCFO Member will accrue 32 hours of paid sick time. Each NCFO Member shall be permitted to use paid sick time in a minimum of half (1/2) day or one (1) day increments.

NCFO President Dean Devita stated that “I applaud Union Pacific for coming to the bargaining table and adjusting this wrong and making it right. UP Maquiling Parkerson and Terrill L. Maxwell bargained in good faith with the NCFO, and we appreciate their professionalism during the negotiations.”

Devita continued, “NCFO Assistant Director of Railroads Travis Prothro headed up the bargaining and was the driving force for completion of the agreement. Prothro had Director of Railroads Mike Pistone providing his expertise to finalize this agreement.

It is time for all the railroads to stop avoiding this issue and follow the lead of Union Pacific and join the NCFO at the bargaining table to do what is right for their employees and the NCFO Members. If they continue to refuse, we will take this fight back to Congress and expose any railroad that won’t enter into a sick leave agreement, it makes more sense reaching agreement across the bargaining table, but if not, we will do what we have to do,” said President Devita.

The NCFO is an affiliate of 32BJ SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, which has 2.1 million members dedicated to raising industry standards, making life better for working families and our communities, and building a fair economy.