BLE-IBT Town Hall Meetings underway

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers is conducting a nationwide series of Town Hall Meetings to explain details of the proposed merger with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Delegates to the BLE's Seventh Quinquennial International Convention in Miami changed Section 1 (e) of the BLE's Constitution & Bylaws in September of 2001. The changes established a 135-day timeline or "ratification schedule" that the International President must adhere to when considering a merger or affiliation with another organization. The change came about after delegates felt a "quickie" or cram-down merger was being forced upon the organization.

The ratification schedule provides time for BLE leadership to review the documents, to submit questions and to ask for clarifications, and for parties to distribute advocacy documents and/or partisan materials. The ratification schedule for the current IBT proposal began on July 22, the day the merger documents were mailed to BLE leaders, after winning the unanimous approval of the BLE Advisory Board. The BLE-IBT merger ratification schedule, per Section 1(e) of the BLE Constitution & Bylaws, is as follows:

The office of BLE First Vice-President Ed Rodzwicz is coordinating the Town Hall meetings. The First Vice-President and other BLE International officers are expected to participate in approximately 16 Town Hall meetings in centralized locations throughout the United States. The Town Hall Meetings provide a chance for BLE members to participate in a question and answer session with BLE leaders regarding the proposed IBT merger.

As the schedule for these events remains fluid, dates and locations of all meetings were not available for publication in the Newsletter. Confirmed Town Hall meetings are as follows:

October 22, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Holiday Inn Airport
5000 Tenth Ave. North
Birmingham, Ala.
 
October 23, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Holiday Inn Airport
5000 Tenth Ave. North
Birmingham, Ala.
 
October 23, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
IBT Local 667 Meeting Hall
796 East Brooks Road
Memphis, Tenn.
(901) 396-5331
 
October 24, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
IBT Local 667 Meeting Hall
796 East Brooks Road
Memphis, Tenn.
(901) 396-5331
 
October 24, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
IBT Local 480 Meeting Hall
1050 Cornelia St.
Nashville, Tenn. 37217
(615) 361-4900
 
October 25, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
IBT Local 480 Meeting Hall
1050 Cornelia St.
Nashville, Tenn. 37217
(615) 361-4900

BLE members can look for the dates and locations of Town Hall Meetings to be published on the BLE website when meetings are formally scheduled for a particular area.

 

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