BLET reaches two tentative agreements with Wheeling & Lake Erie

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 26 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached two tentative agreements with the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (W&LE) — one for the craft of locomotive engineer and one for the craft of trainman. The proposed agreements govern work rules, rates of pay, and health & welfare issues for approximately 150 members (75 locomotive engineers and 75 trainmen).

Ballots and instructions, along with a synopsis of the agreement, have been mailed to active members working for the W&LE. Voting will conclude on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Members who have not received a ballot by Monday, October 3, should request a replacement by calling the BLET 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;
• whether or not you have engineer’s seniority;
• your date of birth; and
• the last four digits of 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.

“Making your voice heard by participating in the contract ratification process is one of the most important rights you have as a union member,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. “BLET members at the Wheeling & Lake Erie have the right — and responsibility — to study and vote on these tentative contracts.”

Headquartered in Brewster, Ohio, the W&LE has been in existence since May of 1990 and incorporates over 800 miles of primarily former Norfolk Southern trackage in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. The W&LE handles over 150,000 carloads annually and interchanges with three Class I railroads (CSX, Canadian National and Norfolk Southern) and 14 regional, short line and switching railroads.

Monday, September 26, 2016

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