Eyes of Irish Locomotive Drivers are smiling on BLE

Editor's Note: The BLE-UTU conflict on the Union Pacific has not gone unnoticed. Railroad unions as far away as Ireland have kept close tabs on the outcome of our struggle.

The following was e-mailed to BLE International Headquarters on March 1 from Kevin Connolly, the Safety Spokesman of the Irish Locomotive Drivers Association.

Dear Sirs:

I have just read the headlines in your latest News Flash (on the BLE website).

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the members of the Irish Locomotive Drivers Association to extend our warmest congratulations to the BLE on your victory over the UTU's attempt to establish a single craft of "Train and Engine Service Employee."

We always felt that this proposal was doomed to fail, and are delighted that it did. As you know, we believe that within Railroad Companies, what ever one company can get away with, will be implemented by others the world over. So we see your victory in the U.S. as a victory for all Locomotive Drivers (Engineers).

Once again, congratulations to all involved in this great victory.

Yours sincerely,
Kevin Connolly
Safety Spokesperson
Irish Locomotive Drivers Association

2000 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers