Letters from Our Members

BLET: Get Our Union Back on the Right Track

I am very frustrated with the BLET, as are a great many other members.

It must have come as a great shock to all of the General Chairmen who negotiated the “great deal” on the Norfolk Southern that it was defeated. The deal sucked. Guess what? We can read!

I had hoped that Hoffa and the Teamsters would have done a better job on the Hahs investigation. Six months suspension: what a joke. If I stole money from Norfolk Southern, I would be prosecuted and probably go to jail. Hoffa should have demanded Hahs’ resignation and repayment of all the pilfered funds.

I’ve been an engineer for almost 40 years. I’ve had it with weak contracts and weak representation. We need to give the younger guys who are coming up a reason to believe in the union.

Ramon Hernandez
BLET Div. 831, Norfolk Southern
Detroit

Editor’s Note: The Independent Review Board agrees that the six-month suspension is inadequate. They recently rejected the proposed settlement, and Hahs may now face a harsher penalty.

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