UTU spreads falsehoods about seniority maintenance timeline

Once again, the United Transportation Union has chosen to skew the facts in its continued smear campaign against the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

In a December 1 post to its website, the UTU called the BLET's lawsuit against the organization "wacky" and wrongly attempted to claim that the BLET had initiated the concept of seniority maintenance agreements in the first place.

The UTU should check its history. The UTU invented the concept of seniority maintenance in the early 1990s in a vain attempt to stem the tide of its dwindling membership. Years later, the BLET followed suit to protect its own interests on a few properties, including Conrail. However, this was only after the UTU invented this new means of raiding the BLET membership.

The BLET understands that, if its lawsuit is successful, its own, few seniority maintenance agreements would also be voided.

"While the voiding of our own seniority maintenance agreements may initially affect membership growth on those few properties, it is the right thing to do," said BLET National President Don M. Hahs.

"The employees could then freely decide which organization that they would like to join."



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