Indiana Southern workers pick BLE

BLE gets organizing victory; Shortline is BLE's third RailAmerica property

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers won the right to represent train and engine service employees on the Indiana Southern Railroad.

The results of a representation election vote count held on September 20 at the National Mediation Board headquarters in Washington, D.C., indicated that a majority of the previously unrepresented employees on the Indiana Southern chose to join the ranks of unionized labor.

Thirteen out of the 15 eligible voters voted for the BLE.

Indiana Southern is owned by RailAmerica, which calls itself the world's largest regional and shortline rail operator. It is headquartered in Petersburg, Ind.

BLE International President Don M. Hahs thanked the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, and the BLE's Education & Training Department for their efforts in organizing this railroad.

"I would like to thank these brothers for all their hard work," President Hahs said. "These new brothers and sisters now have the opportunity to speak with one voice on issues of concern for them. I look forward to working with them in the future."

Indiana Southern is the third RailAmerica property successfully organized by the BLE.


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