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BLET and SMART傍D, four other unions to bargain together

CLEVELAND, December 17 Top leaders of the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART傍D) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced today that their organizations will be participating with four other rail unions in coordinated bargaining in the upcoming round of national negotiations.

On December 8, 2014, BLET General Chairmen and SMART傍D General Chairpersons each served bargaining notices on their respective railroads, including identical notices related to health and welfare and related benefits.

典oday we build on the successes of joint bargaining during the past two national rounds, said BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce. 哲ow more than ever before it is imperative that the unions representing railroad operating crafts sit side-by-side at the national table, and I am pleased that we have been able to accomplish that.

典his is a landmark occasion for BLET members and SMART傍D members alike, said SMART傍D President John Previsich. 典oday痴 announcement builds on several years of cooperation between our organizations on a variety of common issues, and is the logical next step for our great unions. Working together will allow rail labor to make the strongest possible effort to obtain for our members the wages and working conditions that they deserve.

Also participating in the coordinated bargaining effort are the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA), the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS), the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers (IBB), and the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers / SEIU (NCFO).

Jointly, the participating unions represent more than 85,000 railroad workers covered by the various organizations national agreements, and comprise over 58% of the workforce who will be impacted by the negotiations.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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