BLET scores organizing win at Texas-Pacifico
CLEVELAND, August 22 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) scored a short line organizing victory today as a majority of workers at Texas-Pacifico Transportation Ltd. voted to make the BLET their designated collective bargaining representative.
The National Mediation Board certified the election results today. The organizing victory brings about 25 new train and engine service employees into the ranks of the BLET.
BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce welcomed the new Texas-Pacifico workers to the House of Labor and thanked them for voting BLET. The Brotherhood will begin contract negotiations with rail management as quickly as possible, he said.
“The best way to respond to the confidence shown by our new Texas-Pacifico members is to help them realize the goals they identified in their first-ever collective bargaining agreement,” President Pierce said, “and that job begins today.”
President Pierce thanked Kent Confer, BLET Special Representative and Director of Organizing, for his hard work in securing the election victory at the Texas-Pacifico property.
President Pierce said the Texas-Pacifico members will belong to the BLET’s BNSF (former AT&SF) General Committee of Adjustment. He thanked General Chairman Alan Holdcraft, 1st Vice Chairman Robby Cunningham, and Secretary-Treasurer Chris Mosser for their assistance in the organizing effort.
Texas-Pacifico operates freight service over approximately 380 miles in West Texas, from San Angelo Junction to Alpine Junction. It also operates from Paisano Junction to International Bridge near Presidio, Texas, and it interchanges with the BNSF Railway, Union Pacific, Ferromex and the Fort Worth & Western Railroad.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
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