Monday, August 26, 2013

Teamster organizing victory in Texas!

Please give a warm welcome to our 25 new Teamster brothers and sisters who voted on Thursday to join the Brotherhood of Loco
motive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET). They are train and engine service employees who work for the Texas-Pacifico Transportation Ltd. short line.

Texas-Pacifico operates freight service over approximately 380 miles in West Texas, from San Angelo Junction to Alpine Junction. It also operates from Paisano Junction to International Bridge near Presidio, Texas, and it interchanges with the BNSF Railway, Union Pacific, Ferromex and the Fort Worth & Western Railroad.

The National Mediation Board has certified the election results.

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce welcomed the new Texas-Pacifico workers to the House of Labor and thanked them for voting BLET. The Brotherhood will begin contract negotiations with rail management as quickly as possible, he said:
The best way to respond to the confidence shown by our new Texas-Pacifico members is to help them realize the goals they identified in their first-ever collective bargaining agreement, and that job begins today.
Brother Pierce thanked Kent Confer, BLET special representative and director of organizing, for his hard work in securing the election victory at Texas-Pacifico. He also thanked General Chairman Alan Holdcraft, 1st Vice Chairman Robby Cunningham and Secretary-Treasurer Chris Mosser for their help in the organizing effort.

Our new brothers and sisters at Texas-Pacifico will belong to the BLET’s BNSF (former AT&SF) General Committee of Adjustment.