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Ballots mailed in tentative BLET, Metra agreement

CLEVELAND, April 17 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative contract agreement with Metra, the commuter railroad system serving Chicago. BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce announced that ballots were mailed yesterday to active members of the BLET employed by Metra who are eligible to vote in the ratification of this agreement.

Ballots are due by Monday, May 19. The tentative agreement governs rates of pay and work rules for approximately 200 members.

Members who are eligible and have not received a ratification packet by Friday, April 25 should call the National Division at (216) 241-2630, extension 222. When connected with the extension, please leave the following information:

• your name, address and phone number;
• the division to which you belong;
• the date you were promoted to locomotive engineer;
• your date of birth; and
• the last four digits of your Social Security number.

E-mail requests for ballots will not be accepted because personal information is required to verify eligibility before a ballot can be issued.

The BLET’s Metra locomotive engineers serve more than 100 communities with 241 stations in the Chicago area.

President Pierce urged all eligible members to participate in the ratification process. “I encourage every member to study this contract proposal, become educated on the issues, and then vote,” President Pierce said. “Union membership gives us the right to have a voice in our pay and working conditions, and the best way to make your voice heard is by participating in the Brotherhood’s democratic processes.”

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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