WNY&P shortline workers say YES to BLET
Published: November 21st 2008
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Train and engine service employees at the Western New York &
Pennsylvania (WNY&P) Railroad have voted overwhelmingly to join the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.
The National Mediation Board certified the election results on November
17. BLET First Vice President Paul Sorrow said the union is anxious to
begin negotiations with management of the roughly 110-mile short line.
"Our goal is to get off on the right foot and begin positive
negotiations with management as quickly as possible," Sorrow said. "A
good union contract will demonstrate to the WNY&P workers that they made
the right decision by saying 'yes' to the BLET and Teamsters. Also,
thanks to Tommy Miller for a job well done."
Miller, the BLET's Director of Organizing, thanked all WNY&P workers for
attending the BLET's informational meetings during the six-week
organizing campaign. He also thanked New York Susquehanna & Western
General Chairman Ben Martin for his expertise and assistance throughout.
"Following the organizing campaign, work now begins on negotiating a
fair and equitable union contract to give workers the protection and
respect they deserve," Miller said.
The WNY&P operates roughly 110-miles of track, running east and west
between Hornell, N.Y., and Rouseville, Pa., and north and south from
Olean, N.Y. to Driftwood, Pa., and from Olean to Machias, N.Y.
The railroad has daily coal train runs and mixed-use service runs
between Meadville and Olean, N.Y. Other local businesses served include
Dad's Pet Products, Meadville Metals, Universal Well Services, Lord
Corp., and Erie Plastics.
WNY&P interchanges with CP Rail, Norfolk Southern, Buffalo & Pittsburgh,
New York & Lake Erie, and the Oil Creek & Titusville Lines.