BLE encouraged after IBT subcommittee meetings

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers concluded an encouraging first round of merger meetings on November 8 with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

BLE President Don Hahs said he and all members of the joint subcommittees were encouraged by the amount of progress made in such a short period of time after the joint BLE-IBT Finance Subcommittee concluded its meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Constitution & Bylaws Subcommittee concluded its first round of negotiating meetings on November 6, while the Finance Subcommittee's second round of meetings ended November 8. The Legislative Subcommittee and the Canadian Subcommittee concluded their initial meetings on October 21 and November 1, respectively.

Dates for the next round of negotiating meetings are as follows:

The BLE will provide future updates on its website and in the Locomotive Engineer Newsletter. The joint subcommittee chairmen and members have agreed to speak with a unified voice regarding the ongoing negotiations. Therefore, it was agreed that all messages would come from the International Headquarters of the BLE and Teamsters.

On February 27, the BLE's Advisory Board unanimously approved a motion allowing the BLE's Executive Committee to explore a possible merger or affiliation with the Teamsters, in accordance with Section 1(e) of the BLE's Constitution & Bylaws.


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