BLET responds to UTU President

(BLET Editor's Note: The following is the text of a letter from BLET National President Don M. Hahs to UTU President Paul Thompson.)


July 16, 2004

Paul C. Thompson
President - UTU
14600 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44107-4250

Dear Mr. Thompson:

This will acknowledge your letter dated July 13, 2004, wherein you stated that since being elevated to International President of the UTU you have repeatedly done all you could to make peace with BLET. You suggested a review of the BLE/UTU Merger document to determine if the concerns of the BLE membership could somehow be addressed. You further state that my response to your proposal was that peace is impossible unless the UTU joins the BLE in an affiliation with the Teamsters.

In actual fact, my reply to your suggestion was that the BLE has now merged into IBT by a favorable vote of 81% of the BLE membership. The BLET is a member of the IBT Rail Conference and that any discussion would now have to include the IBT. I offered to set up a meeting between UTU and IBT representatives to determine if any common ground for additional discussions could be found. BLET did not request to be a part of the proposed meeting. You refused to meet.



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