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BLET reaches tentative contract with Amtrak

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 1 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a Tentative Agreement with Amtrak governing rates of pay, benefits and work rules for approximately 1,400 locomotive engineers.

On March 1, 2018, ballots, instructions, and a synopsis of the agreement were mailed to active members working for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. Voting will conclude on Sunday, April 1. Members who have not received a ballot by Thursday, March 15, should request a replacement by calling the BLET National Division at (216) 241-2630, ext. 222. When connected with the extension, please leave the following information:

• your name, address and phone number;
• the division to which you belong;
• the date you were promoted to locomotive engineer;
• your date of birth; and
• the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Members also have the option of leaving their e-mail address if they wish their ballot, instructions and synopsis e-mailed to them instead of receiving it via first-class mail. However, e-mail requests for ballots will not be accepted because personal information is required to verify eligibility before a ballot can be issued.

If ratified, the agreement would govern more than 1,400 locomotive engineers who operate Amtrak’s passenger and commuter trains over its 21,000-mile, 46-state system.

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce encouraged all Amtrak members to closely review the March 1 ratification packet and to make sure they attend a Division meeting or contact the General Committee of Adjustment office with any questions they might have on the issues.

“Union membership is not a spectator sport,” President Pierce said. “Voting on your union contract is one of the core democratic principles of our Union. I encourage all of our Amtrak Brothers and Sisters to become educated on the issues and to participate in this most important process of union democracy.”

Thursday, March 1, 2018
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