BLET organizes New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway

Workers at the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway (NOGCR) have selected the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen as their designated collective bargaining representative.

Ninety-three percent of voters selected the BLET and the National Mediation Board certified the election on December 14. It marks the BLET's 12th shortline railroad organizing victory in the past three years.

"I welcome our new Brothers and Sisters to the House of Labor," said BLET National President Don M. Hahs. "The Brotherhood will soon begin the process of negotiating an equitable contract for our new members."

The NOGCR is a 32-mile long railroad that interchanges with the UP in Westwego, N.O. The railroad serves over 20 switching and industrial customers and is the only railroad operating east of Avondale, La. on the Westbank.

Predominate shipments include a variety of food products, oils, grains petroleum products, chemicals and steel products. Rio Grande Pacific Corporation, a shortline and regional railroad holding company with operations in six states, maintains a 100% equity interest in this property. The NOGCR is a former Union Pacific Railroad branch line located outside New Orleans.

The NOGCR has been placed under the jurisdiction of the BLET's Union Pacific-Southern Regional General Committee of Adjustment.

Other shortlines recently joining the Brotherhood are: the New England Central; Wheeling & Lake Erie; Louisville & Indiana Railroad; Portland & Western; New York & Atlantic; Great Western Railway of Colorado; St. Lawrence & Atlantic; Utah Railway; Iowa, Chicago & Eastern; Indiana Southern; and the Texas-Mexican Railway.



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