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6/2/2003



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

BLE advisory board to review Teamsters merger agreement in early July


On July 9 and 10, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers' advisory board plans to meet in Cleveland to review and vote on a final agreement governing the union's proposed merger with International Brotherhood of Teamsters.


Two-thirds of the board's members must approve the agreement before BLE distributes it to union members for a ratification vote.


If approved by the board, BLE plans to immediately mail ballots to all divisions, general chairmen, state and provincial legislative board chairmen, and advisory board members, and post merger information on the union's Web site.


Ninety days later, BLE would mail ballots — which must be returned in 45 days — to its general membership.


On Feb. 26, 2002, BLE's board agreed to seek a merger with the Teamsters.


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