Teamsters, 20 BLE Divisions participate
in informational picketing at Union Pacific
Members representing 20 Divisions of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
(BLE), along with members of Teamsters Local 222, conducted informational
picketing on April 19 in Salt Lake City to educate shareholders of the Union
Pacific Railroad (UP) about the potential dangers of using non-qualified
workers to operate remote control locomotives in the railroad industry.
Picketing targets BNSF execs,
Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers protested the implementation
of remote control locomotives at a meeting of Burlington Northern Santa
Fe's shareholders in Fort Worth, Texas.
Seven remote control incidents
documented since mid-March
A collision between a standing Union Pacific freight train and a remote
controlled locomotive in Hinkle, Ore., is the most recent of seven accidents
involving remote control technology in the past month.
The United Transportation Union has reported that its own members are
to blame for these incidents, and not remote control technology.
BLE, Teamsters resume discussions
Leaders of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and International
Brotherhood of Teamsters continued discussions regarding a merger or affiliation
in Las Vegas during the first week of May.