Russian trade unionists meet with BLE

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers hosted a delegation of trade unionists from Russia on December 12.

The union members were from various trades came to the United States as part of a program conducted jointly by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO and the U.S. State Department.

Among the nine visitors was a top official of the Russian Railway Workers' Union, Sergey Linev Larinov. Brother Larinov is the Chairman of the Russian Trade Union of Railway Locomotive Brigades and was a working locomotive engineer before assuming this position.

The other eight participants include top leaders from the airlines and air transport, trucking, teachers, construction and natural gas unions.

They visited the BLE to learn about labor-management relations in the railroad industry and the role of the Federal Railroad Administration. In addition to the BLE, they also visited several other AFL-CIO affiliated unions.

Members of the delegation requested a site tour of a railroad facility while in Cleveland. Brother Larry James of BLE Division 284 arranged a visit to the CSX Collinwood Yard and diesel repair facility. He worked with Brother Mo Morrow of the BLE Executive Staff to coordinate the visit. Brother James also serves as the BLE/CSX System Labor Liason.

During their time in Cleveland, they took a tour of CSX's Collinwood rail yard and the Cleveland Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

The State Department sponsored the financial aspects of their visit and the Solidarity Center coordinated their professional studies while in the U.S.

Members of the Russian delegation at CSX's Collinwood Yard in Cleveland. Brother Larry James (kneeling, far right) arranged the visit and worked with Brother Mo Morrow (kneeling, far left) of the BLE Executive Staff to coordinate everything. Standing, far right, is George Merkuloff, a diesel shop employee who served as the delegation's tour guide. He speaks fluent Russian.

From left: Sergey Linev Larinov meets with BLE President Don Hahs. Brother Larinov is Chairman of the Russian Trade Union of Railway Locomotive Brigades.

 

 

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