A message from IBT General President James P. Hoffa

United we win!

I would like to welcome all BLET trainmen, conductors and locomotive engineers to the newly formed Teamsters Rail Conference. With the merger of the BLE and the Teamsters complete, we have begun a partnership that will strengthen our ability to represent workers across the transportation spectrum. The Teamsters have always had a vision for a seamless transportation union giving workers real power on the job and in the political arena. This historic merger brings us closer to our union's vision.

The Teamsters Rail Conference is here to represent you, the BLET locomotive engineer, trainmen or operating employee, on Capitol Hill and at the bargaining table. We will work for you to improve your workplace safety, your health and welfare benefits and to protect your seniority rights and craft lines. We will prove that being a Teamster means having the best wages and benefits in all of organized labor.

In the next few weeks you should receive a survey that is part of our "Safe Rails Secure America" project. We will use your answers to assess the safety and security of the nation's rail system. Please take the time to fill out these surveys once you receive them. Your input is vital to our project and to improving safety in your workplace.

Through the unity of our efforts, we know we will continue to grow the Rail Conference and build our strength in the workplace, at the bargaining table and in the halls of Congress.

Remember, United We Win!


James P. Hoffa
Teamsters General President



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