Lawsuit delays vote count in proposed BLE merger with UTU
Three BLE members have filed a lawsuit in Cleveland's federal court to void the proposed merger of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers with the United Transportation Union.
A hearing in the suit is scheduled for September 17, delaying the release of the vote count at least two days. The count was originally set for September 15.
A lawsuit against the BLE and UTU was filed in Cleveland on September 10, four days after the same suit had been dismissed in Maryland. The previous suit was dismissed after U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin found that Baltimore was not the proper location to bring the case.
The case filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland has been assigned to Judge Ann Aldrich. In a telephone conference call with attorneys from all three parties, Judge Aldrich said that a hearing could not take place until Monday, September 17, because of a scheduling conflict on her part. Aldrich also asked that the announcement of the results of the vote count be voluntarily delayed until after the September 17 hearing and her ruling.
The deadline for receiving ballots has been extended to noon (EDT) on September 17 due to interruption of U.S. domestic and international mail and courier service caused by the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
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