Letters from Our Members

Railroad Workers United Founding Convention

On Friday April 11, railroad workers from across North America will gather in Dearborn, Mich. for the founding convention of Railroad Workers United (RWU), a cross-craft inter-union caucus of railroaders drawn from the ranks of all crafts and all unions.

Rank-and-file members and many local union leaders are fed up with lousy contracts in the face of year after year of record profits for the carriers, and they are angry at increasing harassment and lack of respect on the job.

They are disgusted with the corruption of their union leadership, the lack of internal union democracy, and the woeful lack of membership involvement and participation found in many of the craft unions. And they have had enough of the back-biting, back-stabbing duplicity of a craft union leadership which seems all too often far more intent on squabbling with one another than building the unity and solidarity necessary to effectively fight the carriers.

If you work in the rail industry anywhere in North America—the U.S., Canada, or Mexico; if you are a carman, track worker, engineer, trainman, shop worker or other; if you hold membership in the BLET, the BMWED, the TCU, the UTU or any other rail union; if you work for a Class One road or a short line, please join us for this historic convention of ALL rail labor. For more information or to register, call 206-984-3051 or email info [at] railroadworkersunited.org

Ron Kaminkow
RWU Steering Committee
BLET Div. 51, Amtrak
Reno, Nev.


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