Obama thanks BLET for endorsement
CLEVELAND, October 5 — Yesterday, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen received a letter from President Barack Obama thanking the Organization and its members for their endorsement of his re-election campaign.
“I am writing you today to personally thank you for your recent endorsement of my candidacy for re-election as President of the United States,” President Obama wrote. “It is an honor and a privilege to accept the endorsement of an organization that represents the hardworking men and women who help build our nation’s middle class and keep our nation’s railroads running safe and sound.”
The BLET’s Advisory Board, the organization’s highest governing body, voted unanimously to endorse President Obama at a meeting on July 31.
“We believe President Obama is the best candidate to protect the current rights and future interests of the 55,000 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said.
President Obama has pledged to preserve Amtrak and the jobs of 20,000 hard working middle class union Americans employed there, thereby helping to ensure the future solvency of the Railroad Retirement system for all railroaders. He is also committed to expanding high-speed rail throughout the United States.
Obama wrote: “Railroads represent the veins of commerce and tourism in our nation, and BLET/Teamsters members, and workers across the union family, represent the backbone of our country. The service you provide the American people is invaluable, which is why I will continue laying the foundation for economy built to last, where your hard work pays off, your responsibility is rewarded and everyone plays by the same rules.”
A copy of the letter is available on the BLET website
Friday, October 5, 2012
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