BLE Advisory Board reconsiders resolution that ended unification talks with UTU

CLEVELAND, June 12, 2001 -- At a special meeting of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) Advisory Board held Monday, a resolution was passed that reopens the possibility of renewing unification talks with the United Transportation Union (UTU) contingent on both unions immediately stopping all solicitation of each others members.

In essence, the historic 120-word resolution says that the 13-member Advisory Board is reconsidering its May 8, 1999, resolution that ended unification talks with the UTU because of serious financial concerns.

The Advisory Board's June 11 resolution says that "the negotiations between the BLE and UTU be reinstated as of their status on May 8, 1999, subject to both UTU and BLE updating and providing the financial information necessary..."

In addition, the June 11 resolution says that upon the favorable conclusion of the discussions that any agreement reached by the parties shall be immediately submitted to the memberships of the BLE and UTU for ratification and approval.

"Every BLE member should be proud of the action taken today by the Advisory Board to take a positive step forward and to reopen talks under the right circumstances," said BLE International President Ed Dubroski.

"We did what we thought was right for the BLE on May 8, 1999, and we are doing what is right for the BLE today. The future of what we do will be in the hands of the members of both unions where it rightly belongs when that day comes."

Advisory Board Resolution, June 11, 2001

Be it Resolved:

THAT the May 8, 1999, Resolution of the Advisory Board is hereby reconsidered and upon Reconsideration is dissolved;

THAT the negotiations between the BLE and the UTU be reinstated as of their status on May 8, 1999, subject to both UTU and BLE updating and providing the financial information necessary, prudent and required for continued discussions;

THAT upon favorable conclusion of said discussions, any agreement reached by the parties shall be immediately submitted to their respective memberships for ratification and approval; and

THAT said discussions are contingent upon both parties immediately terminating solicitation of members from one another and ceasing any organizational efforts against each other on all railroads currently represented by either UTU, BLE or both.

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June 12, 2001
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