UTU to charge 'maintenance fees'
As the BLET News was about to go to press, the National Division received
a copy of a letter of intent signed by Robert Allen, Chairman of the National
Railway Labor Conference, and Paul Thompson, President of the United Transportation
Union. The letter, dated Nov. 1, 2004, gives the UTU the right to implement
exclusive representation, seniority maintenance fees and seniority retention
fees on Burlington Northern Santa Fe, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk
Southern, and Union Pacific.
BLET opposes Mexican inspection
of U.S. trains
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen recently testified
against allowing the Union Pacific Railroad to operate trains to the far
interior of the United States with inspections of safety critical equipment
done in Mexico.
Railroad Retirement Board clarifies
The Legal Department of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board has come forth
and denied a major falsehood being spread by the United Transportation Union
regarding the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Railroad Retirement
New England Central workers vote
Train and engine service employees at the New England Central Railroad
selected the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen/Teamsters
as their designated collective bargaining representative on September 22.