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This hypothetical negotiation does not take into consideration the differences between the UTU and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, or other issues involved in union-railroad negotiations. And it's sure to elicit an "easier said than done" response or two.
But given the problems and opportunities facing this industry, it's crucial that leaders from both sides of the "one-man" debate find a way to begin a constructive dialogue. An inability and/or unwillingness to come to terms could hurt the future of an industry we strongly believe in.
Brian Holtz founded consulting firm Creative Railroading after retiring from transportation management. He has worked for Kansas City Southern, Southern Pacific Railroad and Arkansas Midland Railroad, as well as several large railroad customers.
Ron Kaminen is a retired railroad engineer who served as a United Transportation Union general chairman and a Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers local chairman. His rail resumé includes stints with Amtrak; Canadian Pacific Railway; Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway; the Soo Line; and Chicago and North Western.