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BLE/Teamsters organize sixth short line in 15 months

On Nov. 21, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters/International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Rail Operating Employees Council (IBT/IBLE) announced a majority of New York & Atlantic Railway Co. (NY&A) workers chose the union as their designated collective bargaining representative. According to National Mediation Board-certified results released Nov. 19, 13 NY&A workers chose IBT/BLE and four chose United Transportation Union.

The 269-mile NY&A is the sixth short line IBT/BLE has organized since August 2002, joining the Great Western Railway of Colorado, St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railway, Utah Railway, Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad Corp., Indiana Southern Railroad and The Texas Mexican Railway Co.

Interchanging with the Canadian Pacific Railway<./a>, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway, NY&A moves lumber, paper, building and recyclable materials, plastics and food products.

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