UTU to pay management's legal bills

UTU to pay carrier legal bills with dues money from membership

When legal proceedings begin in the BLET's lawsuit regarding "double dues" against the United Transportation Union (UTU) and the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC), the UTU will be paying the legal fees of the Union Pacific Railroad.

And the Burlington Northern.

The UTU will also pay the legal fees of CSX and Norfolk Southern.

Sound wacky?

It's true.

There's an indemnity clause in the November 1 Letter of Intent signed by the UTU and the carriers. By signing the Letter of Intent, the UTU leadership agreed to pay for all carrier legal fees that arise from any legal challenges to the Letter of Intent.

So even though the Union Pacific Railroad is the most powerful and wealthiest railroad corporation in America, its legal fees will be paid for by the dues of UTU members.

UTU members should question the type of leadership that would make such a deal with the devil.



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