Ballots will be mailed on September 9 to eligible members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), regarding the union’s tentative BNSF-Montana Rail Link (MRL) implementing agreement and Oregon Short Line Protective Agreement, according to BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce.
In January, MRL announced it would terminate its lease with BNSF, with BNSF resuming operations on the line.
The implementing agreement governs BNSF’s hiring of the BLET-represented MRL employees, their seniority, work rules, pay, benefits, and integration into the BNSF system. The implementing agreement and Oregon Short Line Protective Agreement govern approximately 500 BLET members who work for the MRL.
Before BNSF took over operations, the Montana Rail Link was a Class II regional railroad based in Missoula, Montana, operating over 900 route miles of track in Montana and Idaho and employing nearly 1,200 workers.
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