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Ballots mailed in tentative BLET, Union Railroad agreement

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 15 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Union Railroad. Ballots were mailed on June 15 to active members of the BLET employed by the Union Railroad who are eligible to vote in the ratification of this agreement.

Ballots are due by Monday, July 16. The tentative agreement governs rates of pay, health and welfare, and work rules for approximately 20 BLET members who work in the locomotive engineer craft.

Members who are eligible and have not received a ratification packet by Tuesday, June 26, should call 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;
• Your date of birth; and
• Your Social Security number.

Email requests for ballots will not be accepted because personal information is required to verify eligibility before a ballot can be issued.

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce urged all eligible members to review the proposed contract and to make their voices heard in the ratification process.

“Voting on your union contract is one of the core democratic principles of our Union,” President Pierce said. “I encourage all of our Union Railroad members to study the ratification packet and to participate in this most important process of union democracy.”

The Union Railroad Company serves the steel, coke, coal, chemical, aggregate, lumber and automotive industries, and has a barge-to-rail transfer facility at Duquesne, Pa. The company stretches from N. Bessemer, Pa. on the north to Clairton, Pa. on the south and provides switching in the heard of southwestern Pennsylvania’s industrial Monongahela Valley. It is owned by Transtar LLC.

Friday, June 15, 2018
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