BLET organizes Montreal, Maine
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen won its second shortline
organizing victory of 2006 today as approximately 70 workers at the Maine,
Montreal & Atlantic Railway (MMA) voted in favor of BLET representation.
Huron & Eastern workers vote
Approximately 30 operating employees at the Huron & Eastern Railroad,
a subsidiary of RailAmerica, selected the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
and Trainmen as their designated collective bargaining representative on
It is the third organizing victory for the BLET thus far in 2006.
New England Central members OK
BLET members have approved a new four-year collective bargaining agreement
with the New England Central Railroad (NECR).
The agreement provides wage increases of 12 percent over the life of
the contract and improved work rules and discipline procedures. About 50
members approved the new contract by a 2-to-1 margin.
Radioactive rail shipments to
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the number of rail
shipments involving radioactive materials is expected to increase in coming
years. Beginning as early as 2007, the DOE is expected to begin a 38-year
project to transport spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste
from DOE sites to storage and disposal facilities. With the increase in
rail shipments comes the increased risk for rail incidents involving radioactive