Contract talks between the biggest freight railroads and unions that represent 105,000 employees are headed to mediation this week after the unions declared an impasse following more than two years of negotiations. The National Railway Labor Conference group is negotiating on behalf of more than 30 railroads including Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which serves Montana. The contract talks began in the fall of 2019. it is routine for federal mediators to get involved in contract talks and the railroads say they welcome the help in reaching an agreement.
Meanwhile, the campaign to return passenger rail service to Southern and Central Montana rolls into Helena this evening. Details from our Capitol City Correspondent Troy Shockley.