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BLET endorses Barack Obama for President

CLEVELAND, April 8 — The BLET’s Advisory Board voted today to endorse Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States.

The endorsement decision comes after a meeting of the BLET’s top governing body. The Advisory Board determined that Senator Obama presented the best chance for working Americans to have a voice in the White House.

“We believe Senator Obama is the best candidate to fight for the rights of the 55,000 men and women of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen,” BLET National President Ed Rodzwicz said.

“The next U.S. President will make several decisions and appointments that will have an impact on the rail industry. We believe Senator Obama will fight to make the right decisions when it comes to the health and safety of all rail workers.”

The BLET endorsement comes on the heels the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ decision to endorse Senator Obama. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said the Teamsters endorsed Senator Obama for various reasons, including his plans to rebuild America’s transportation infrastructure.

“Senator Obama will fight to rebuild our transportation infrastructure,” Hoffa said. “He will work with us to address critical issues from our ports to our highways, rails and airports. We need a president who is focused on rebuilding America and Barack Obama will be that president.”

The decision to endorse Senator Obama was not taken lightly by BLET leadership. President Rodzwicz said that Senator Obama is only the fourth Presidential candidate the BLET has endorsed in its 145-year history. Founded on May 8, 1863, the Brotherhood’s first Presidential endorsement was Bill Clinton in 1992, followed by Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008
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