Engineers, not RCOs, belong in
BLE and the Class I rail carriers involved in the dispute over the assignment
of remote control technology agreed that until the dispute is resolved in
arbitration, remote control operators (RCOs) will be instructed not to operate
locomotives while they are inside locomotive cabs.
This issue came to a head after BLE received numerous reports from BLE
members that RCOs on the Class I carriers were controlling locomotive movements
from inside the cabs of locomotives, often from the seat formerly occupied
by the locomotive engineer.
BLE encouraged after IBT subcommittee
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers concluded an encouraging first
round of merger meetings on November 8 with the International Brotherhood
VP Cassidy retires; Wingo elevated
to Advisory Board
From a final list furnished by the National Mediation Board, the remote
control arbitration board neutral member and "deadlock" neutral
member were selected on September 20 by the parties involved in the dispute.
Indiana Southern workers pick
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers won the right to represent train
and engine service employees on the Indiana Southern Railroad.