Merger voting deadline extended because of national tragedy

CLEVELAND, September 13 -- As a result of interruption to U.S. domestic and international mail and courier service caused by terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the deadline for receiving ballots in the proposed merger of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) and the United Transportation Union (UTU) has been postponed 72 hours.

BLE International President Edward Dubroski and UTU International President Byron A. Boyd, Jr., issued the following joint statement late last night:

"Because of disruptions to U.S. postal services this week, we are extending the deadline for receiving ballots in the merger vote until Noon, Eastern Daylight Time, on Monday, September 17, 2001, to ensure that no member is denied the opportunity to cast a ballot due to this situation, which is beyond our control.

"Our thoughts and prayers -- along with those of all BLE and UTU members and their families -- go out to the countless Americans whose lives have been touched by Tuesday's unspeakable acts."

The original voting deadline was Noon, Eastern Daylight Time, on Friday, September 14th.

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September 13, 2001


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