Members to vote on merger
Leaders of the two unions representing railroad operating and other transportation
employees in the U.S. and Canada -- the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
(BLE) and the United Transportation Union (UTU) -- announced on July 23
that agreement has been reached to merge their unions, subject to ratification
by each union's membership. In a telephone conference call Sunday afternoon,
the BLE's Advisory Board authorized the union to submit the proposal to
Get out the vote on H.R. 1140!
As this issue of the Newsletter was going to press, it was announced
that the U.S. House of Representatives may schedule a floor vote on H.R.
1140 as early as July 30 or 31.
Committee revises nomination process
A committee appointed by BLE President Edward Dubroski has issued recommendations to reform the process by which candidates are nominated for International office, as required by Section 14.3 - Ritual of the BLE Constitution & Bylaws.
In essence, the two-page recommendation reforms and standardizes the caucus process that takes place every five years during the union's International conventions.