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The United Transportation Union (UTU) is one of the largest labor unions in North America. It represents over 125,000 transportation workers across the United States and Canada, including railroad workers, bus drivers, truck drivers, and airline employees. The UTU is committed to protecting the rights and interests of its members through collective bargaining agreements, lobbying efforts, and educational programs.

Recently, the UTU reached a new agreement with one of its main employers, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). This agreement covers approximately 8,000 Amtrak employees who operate and maintain train services across the United States. The agreement was reached after months of negotiations and addresses a range of issues, including pay, benefits, and working conditions.

One of the key provisions of the agreement is an increase in wages for Amtrak employees. The agreement provides for a 2.5% wage increase in the first year and a 3% increase in the second year, with additional increases in subsequent years. This is a significant improvement over the previous agreement, which provided for smaller wage increases.

The agreement also improves benefits for Amtrak employees. It provides for increased contributions to employees` health insurance plans, as well as improved dental and vision coverage. Additionally, the agreement provides for increased vacation time and sick leave.

Another important provision of the agreement is a commitment to safety. The UTU and Amtrak have agreed to work together to identify and address safety issues, including the implementation of new safety technologies and procedures. This is particularly important given the recent increase in train accidents across the United States.

Overall, the new agreement between the UTU and Amtrak is a positive development for transportation workers. It provides for increased wages, improved benefits, and a stronger commitment to safety. As one of the largest labor unions in North America, the UTU has played an important role in advocating for the rights and interests of transportation workers, and this new agreement is a testament to their ongoing efforts.