President Hahs issues call for voter registration drives

In a letter to secretary-treasurers and legislative representatives of all BLE divisions in the United States, President Don M. Hahs asked divisions to conduct voter registration drives this summer in order to increase voter turnout in the November congressional elections.

In his June 27 letter, President Hahs emphasized the extreme importance of a strong labor turnout to support union-friendly candidates.

"We were fortunate to have a one-vote majority in the U.S. Senate last year, which resulted in rail labor being able to obtain passage of the legislation that improved Railroad Retirement benefits," President Hahs said. "Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle guided this legislation through the Senate and to the desk of the President. He would not have been able to do so without a labor-friendly Senate."

BLE secretary-treasurers and legislative representatives are asked to hold voter registration events at summer festivals, shopping center parking lots, or any place with a constant flow of people.

A list of Congressional endorsements for this fall's elections will be published in an upcoming issue of the Locomotive Engineer Newsletter.


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