BLET Marks 154th Anniversary

A Cleveland-based railroad union marked its 154th anniversary this week. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said in a news release that it is the oldest labor organization in the Western Hemisphere and was the first to sign a contract with a railroad.

The union was formed on May 8, 1863, in Marshall, Michigan. It merged in 2004 with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 2004 to become the BLET.

Among its earliest contracts was an agreement with the New York Central in 1875. The union today has hundreds of contracts railroads.

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