BLE, IBT rally for remote control
Carrying picket signs and chanting "remote control has got to go,"
more than 300 union members rallied in Washington D.C. on March 11 to protest
lax federal oversight of remote controlled locomotives.
BLE, I&O sign first contract
BLE members on the Indiana & Ohio Railway ratified their first collective
bargaining agreement on February 28 by an overwhelming majority. The BLE
first organized the I&O, a shortline subsidiary of RailAmerica, on August
3, 2001. Of the ballots returned, 78 percent voted in favor of the agreement.
BLE organizes Utah Railway trainmen
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers scored another organizing victory
on February 28 as a majority of trainmen at the Utah Railway chose to leave
the United Transportation Union to be represented by the BLE.
Senator Kennedy 'deeply concerned'
U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy said he is "deeply concerned about
the growing threat to worker and public safety from the use of remote control
technology" in a March 11 letter to Allan Rutter, Administrator of
the Federal Railroad Administration.