IBT/IBLE scores another organizing win over UTU

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters/International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Rail Operating Employees Council (IBT/IBLE) scored another joint victory as it successfully organized employees at the New York & Atlantic Railway.

A majority of workers chose the IBT/IBLE over the United Transportation Union as their designated collective bargaining representative. The National Mediation Board certified the election results on November 20.

The New York & Atlantic is the latest in a string of shortline victories for the IBT/IBLE, which has successfully organized more than 600 new members since last year.

In addition to the New York & Atlantic, the IBT/IBLE has organized six other shortlines since August of 2002, including: the Great Western Railway of Colorado; St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad; Utah Railway; the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad; the Indiana Southern Railroad; and the Texas-Mexican Railway.

Brother John Tolman, Assistant to the International President, helped coordinate the New York & Atlantic organizing drive. He thanked Bob Evers, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) General Chairman; Mickey Quinn, LIRR Vice Chairman; and Gary Lockel, Division 269 Local Committee of Adjustment. Don Carman is the Local Chairman on the New York & Atlantic property.

"This victory would not have been successful without the diligent and persistent efforts of Local Chairman Don Carman," BLE International President Don M. Hahs said. "I welcome the new members and sincerely appreciate the efforts of everyone involved, particularly Brother Carman."

The New York & Atlantic operates 269 route miles and is headquartered in Glendale, N.Y. It operates mainly in New York State, specifically Nassau and Suffolk counties, Brooklyn, and Queens. It connects with the Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern. Its major commodities include lumber, paper, building materials, plastic, food products and recyclables.



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