W&LE Union Members Authorize Strike

Union members at the Wheeling & Erie Railway have authorized a strike if negotiations on a new contract break down.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said it mailed strike ballots to more than 150 members, more than 75 of whom hold seniority as both locomotive engineers and trainmen.

BLET said that all ballots returned favored a strike if necessary, the union said in a news release.

The union represents locomotive engineer and trainman crafts at the W&LE and has been negotiating for a new contract since January 2012.

The union requested and received mediation and the two sides negotiated under the mediation for nearly five years.

BLET members rejected a tentative agreement last September. In May, BLET National President Dennis Pierce asked the mediator to declare an impasse and proffer arbitration as a possible prelude to being released from mediation.



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