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Dispatchers union seeks to organize UP workers


The American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) recently launched a representation election at Union Pacific Railroad in an attempt to organize about 550 train dispatchers, according to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) division of the Teamsters Rail Conference.

“For many years, UP’s train dispatchers have not had a say in their terms and conditions of employment. There is no better time to change that than now,” said ATDA President Leo McCann in a prepared statement.

The ATDA and BLET are members of the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition, which also includes the Teamsters conference’s Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, as well as the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and National Conference of Firemen and Oilers.

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