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TRAIN DISPATCHERS UNION MERGES INTO LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS

 CLEVELAND, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) and the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA), both international unions, today announced the signing, on July 16, of an affiliation agreement which merges the ATDA into the BLE. As a result, the dispatchers' organization immediately became known as the American Train Dispatchers Department of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (ATDD).
 "This affiliation is a welcome partnership with the senior and most respected railroad union in North America," announced ATDD President Robert J. Irvin, who has served as international president of the dispatchers union. "We're proud to be a part of the BLE family, and we look forward to better things for all the crafts we represent."
 In a brief signing ceremony in Cleveland on July 16, nine top union officers signed the agreement which "brings together the two key personnel for moving the continent's railroad passengers and freight," said BLE International President Ronald P. McLaughlin.
 McLaughlin described the affiliation as "a natural evolution for both organizations, and very strategic for our members," and he added that operational, representational, safety legislative, and collective bargaining gains were projected benefits for the combined membership.
 The signed agreement comes after separate membership referendums which mandated an affiliation between the two unions by very wide margins.
 Over the last 12 months, the BLE has attracted 1,398 other new members, mostly locomotive engineers. With the addition of the 2,024 ATDD members, the BLE's membership role now stands at 52,462 in the U.S. and Canada.
 McLaughlin and Irvin predicted more "strategic" moves by the BLE.
 "For years, many industry observers, the Brotherhoods and the railroads, have predicted union consolidation, but until now it's all been speculation and rumor," said McLaughlin. "Locomotive engineers and dispatchers planned ahead and, as a result, we have moved past the predictions."
 McLaughlin confirmed that the BLE is holding talks with another union, but noted, "It is too early to elaborate, but I foresee more strategic alliances and mergers, for the BLE. We will continue to seek key partners."
 Irvin stated, "The BLE looks forward to a larger and diverse membership -- the future of organized rail labor -- and to organizing more of the unorganized employees within our industry.
 "The BLE is a highly respected union, and we now join them for the benefit of engineers and dispatchers, who are essential to the industry's prospects. We coordinate and execute the services that meet rail shippers' needs, and assure the revenue the rail industry needs."
 In 1991, ATDA and BLE members voted overwhelmingly in favor of affiliating: 84 percent and 98 percent, respectively.
 The BLE is North America's oldest labor organization based in the U.S., founded in 1863. The BLE's motto is "Since 1863, a Tradition of Forward Thinking."
 The ATDA was founded in 1917, and has been headquartered in Berwyn, Ill., a suburb of Chicago; the union's administrative operations may eventually move to Cleveland, the BLE's international base.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Regarding McLaughlin: Earlier this year, he was elected, by acclamation, chairman of the Railway Labor Executives' Association, a policy group of 10 unions representing most of America's 230,000 railroad employees./
 /CONTACT: Stephen W. FitzGerald of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, 216-241-2630, ext. 251/


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