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Ballots mailed in tentative BLET, CN-Wisconsin Central agreement

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 29 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative contract agreement with Canadian National’s Wisconsin Central (CN-WC) subsidiary. Ballots were mailed yesterday to active members of the BLET employed by CN-WC who are eligible to vote in the ratification of this agreement.

Ballots are due by 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, December 28. The tentative agreement governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for over 600 members.

Members who are eligible and have not received a ratification packet by Friday, December 7 should call the National Division at (216) 241-2630, extension 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
• Your Social Security number.

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

President Pierce urged all eligible members to participate 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 Wisconsin Central members to study the ratification packet and to participate in this most important process of union democracy.”

The BLET organized the Wisconsin Central property in 1997, and the railroad was purchased by CN in 2001 for $1.2 billion. At the time of its purchase, Wisconsin Central operated over approximately 2,850 miles of track and trackage rights in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Ontario.

Thursday, November 29, 2018
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