BLE to poll membership

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers is preparing to survey all of its members in the next 60-90 days regarding the proposed merger with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The purpose of the survey is to assist BLE leadership in structuring the best possible merger agreement.

"This is your chance to let us know how you feel regarding issues facing the BLE and the proposed Teamster merger," BLE President Don Hahs said. "It's very important that you answer the poll. Each member's survey will be kept confidential."

All BLE members will receive survey information through the mail while approximately 1,000 will also be contacted by phone.

In related news, the joint BLE-IBT Subcommittees have continued their meetings throughout November and early December. The Finance Committee has meeting scheduled for December 16 and 17; the Constitution & Bylaws has meetings scheduled for December 21-23; and the Legislative Committee has meetings scheduled for Jan. 14-15, 2003.

The Chairmen of all Subcommittees were impressed with the level of output they were able to achieve in such a short period of time. President Hahs said the meetings have been characterized by a great deal of respect between the BLE and IBT Brothers.

As the meetings are still in the drafting stage, the Chairmen of the Subcommittees agreed that all content of discussion should remain confidential. Once final documents are approved in accordance with Section 1 (e) of the BLE Constitution & Bylaws, they will be distributed to BLE members for ratification.


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