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LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS BLAST ADMINISTRATION

 LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS BLAST ADMINISTRATION
 WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling the nationwide lockout


by the freight railroads "a blatantly illegal conspiracy in restraint of trade," Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers General Chairman Ronald E. Wiggins said today, "The freight railroad industry is holding a gun to the heads of Congress and the American people. Rail management is holding our nation's fragile economy hostage."
 Wiggins also blasted the Bush Administration for "sitting on its hands during this illegal lockout."
 He said, "One of the factors in our decision to postpone our strike against Amtrak was to limit the impact of any stoppages, and it was in consideration of the White House's expressed concern for potential damage to the economy. Yet, the nation's chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Barr -- in clear dereliction of his duty to uphold the laws of the United States -- has so far refused to petition the Interstate Commerce Commission to order these 38 non-struck railroads back to operation."
 Wiggins also said that railroad employees are considering class- action law suits against the rail corporations to get trains running again and to get management to honor labor agreements already in place.
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 /CONTACT: Steve FitzGerald of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, 216-241-2639/ CO: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers ST: Ohio IN: TRN SU:


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