Joint statement by President Hahs, President Hoffa
The following joint statement by IBT General President James P. Hoffa and BLE President Don M. Hahs was issued on December 5:
December 5 was an historic day for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE).
By overwhelmingly approving a merger with the IBT, members of the BLE will now share in the strength of the Teamsters while maintaining their autonomy and proud traditions. Our two great unions are now united in building on our strong legacies, and creating an even more powerful future for transportation workers.
The merger will strengthen our efforts to ensure that our members maintain a strong political voice at the national and international levels and continued aggressive representation at the local level. We will share knowledge, expertise and resources to give all of our members the necessary support they need to negotiate contracts, organize new members and expand political action on their behalf.
Our two unions share a common purpose of transporting goods from manufacturers to consumers. We are creating a seamless transportation union. By joining together, we will strengthen our ability to represent workers across the transportation spectrum.
We hope that the decisive vote by BLE members will encourage other transportation and rail unions to affiliate with the Teamsters to ensure that transportation workers win the dignity and respect they deserve.
© 2003 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers