Remember recent UTU history



CLEVELAND, July 25 -- As the United Transportation Union spreads campaign promises regarding craft autonomy in its raid of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in Canada, the BLE reminds its members not to forget recent actions by the UTU to combine operating crafts in the United States.

According to a UTU news release dated July 23, “UTU officials in Canada are reassuring Canadian locomotive engineers that their craft autonomy will be preserved.”

UTU and BLE members in Canada should remember 1998, when the UTU attempted to force a combined operating craft on locomotive engineers and trainmen at the Union Pacific Railroad.

UTU and BLE members in Canada should also remember 2000, when the UTU successfully petitioned the U.S. National Mediation Board (NMB) to forcefully combine operating crafts on the Texas-Mexican Railway in the U.S.

UTU and BLE members in Canada should remember 2001, when the UTU once again destroyed craft autonomy by successfully convincing the NMB to combine operating crafts on the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.

Finally, UTU and BLE members in Canada should not forget 2002, when the UTU unsuccessfully attempted to destroy craft autonomy at the Kansas City Southern Railway.

“Does this sound like a union you can trust to preserve craft autonomy?” asked BLE International President Don Hahs.

Friday, July 25, 2003


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