New England Central workers vote to join BLET

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.

The shortline organizing victory marks the second time in the past three months that operating employees have voted in favor of superior representation from the AFL-CIO affiliated BLET/Teamsters over the non-affiliate United Transportation Union. In July, 60 trainmen at the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway voted to join the BLET/Teamsters instead of the non-affiliate.

It is also the BLET's 11th successful shortline organizing victory in the past three years.

"I welcome our new Brothers and Sisters into the House of Labor and thank them for voting for the BLET," BLET National President Don Hahs said. "We will now begin the process of negotiating a new contract with management to improve the wages, benefits, and standard of living for New England Central's train and engine service employees."

President Hahs thanked Tommy Miller, the BLET's Director of Organizing, for another job well done. He also thanked the Special Reps and especially Brother Ben Martin, New York Susquehanna & Western General Chairman, and Jim Masker, NYS&W Secretary-Treasurer, for their assistance.

"The New England Central train and engine service employees wanted to be a part of the 1.4 million member IBT, the largest transportation union in the country," Brother Miller said.

The NECR is owned by RailAmerica and is headquartered in St. Albans, Vt. The railroad operates over 329 miles of track between East Alburgh, Vt., and New London, Conn., handling mostly iron, steel, grain, lumber, wood, pulp and paper products.



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