BLET conducts planning session; VP Geiger to head new Trainmen Dept.

The Advisory Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a division of the Teamsters Rail Conference, conducted its first strategic planning session in late February. The Union's approach for collective bargaining, safety, and security were among key topics at the meeting. A significant point during the three-day session was the structure of the Trainmen Department within the BLET.

James P. Hoffa, Teamsters General President, and Don Hahs, National President of the BLET, issued the following joint statement:

"The Trainmen Department will respond to the increasing demand we have received from trainmen since the merger of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the Teamsters earlier this year. This new department structure will signal to workers within that craft that we have heard, loud and clear, their desire to have the powerful representation provided by the Teamsters."

BLET Vice President Merle Geiger will head the department. "The Union is committed to preserving craft lines and protecting seniority for all trainmen," Geiger said.

"Assurances on maintaining contract provisions for trainmen are pivotal in demonstrating our commitment to the craft. We extend the same assurances and brotherhood to them as we do all rail employees," said Don Hahs, National President of the BLET.

During the three-day strategic planning session, the Advisory Board focused on issues related to collective bargaining, remote control operations, railroad security, fatigue and safety.

"The IBT envisions a complete transportation union. Welcoming trainmen into our great union is a significant move toward fulfilling that vision," said General President Hoffa.


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