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3/29/2006



Rail News: Labor

UP dispatchers vote down proposal to join American Train Dispatchers Association



On March 15, the National Mediation Board certified that 43 percent of eligible Union Pacific Railroad train dispatchers voted in favor of joining the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) — not enough votes for the union to become the workers’ representative. The dispatchers currently are unrepresented.

Since spring 2005, ATDA — a member of the AFL-CIO’s transportation trades department-rail division — has campaigned to organize UP train dispatchers.

The union’s executive board has authorized ATDA’s counsel to file a case with the NMB alleging election interference because UP “crossed the line of legal conduct” under the Railway Labor Act, said ATDA President Leo McCann in a message to members posted on the union’s Web site. If the NMB sustains the motion, the board will re-run the election, McCann believes.

UP officials declined to comment on the union’s claims.


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