BLET organizes CF&E shortline

BLET National President Don Hahs welcomed the operating employees of the Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad (CF&E) as the newest members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET).

The CF&E win represents the latest in a string of 13 shortline organizing victories for the BLET dating back to 2002, bringing more than 1,000 workers into the house of labor. The National Mediation Board certified the election on September 28.

"This was a total team effort by the BLET Organizing Department," said Tommy Miller, the BLET's Organizing Director.

A Rail America subsidiary, the CF&E is the BLET's second organizing victory this year, as workers at the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway voted to join the BLET in January.

"I welcome these new Brothers and Sisters into the House of Labor and look forward to securing a collective bargaining agreement on their behalf," President Hahs said.

The Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad, which was acquired through a lease agreement with CSX by the Central Railroad of Indianapolis, commenced operations on August 1, 2004. Major customers on the line are Central Soya, Steel Dynamics, Procter & Gamble, Cargill and National Lime & Stone. Commodities shipped include agricultural products, chemicals, metals, paper and minerals. The 276-mile line runs from Crestline, Ohio to Tolleston, Ind., east of Chicago.



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