Picketers line up for a photo during the picket
Members of two unions at the Union Pacific Railyards on the northeast side of Salem manned informational pickets Wednesday to protest changes they say the railroad has made improperly in their working hours. The Local Chairman of the Brotherhood of Engineers and Trainmen Chad Black was one of those walking the picket line.
"We believe the Union Pacific Railroad has violated the railway labor act by unilaterally imposing job changes that increase variability and worsen the safety and health of our engineers and conductors that work out of Salem" said Black.
Black claims the change is not necessary. The Smart TD Local 979 joined in the informational picket.
Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the railroad believes it is following the working agreements with employees. He adds there is a very precise process to handle the dispute that could eventually go to arbitration if it can not be worked out between the two sides.