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Rail Labor Activists to Build Solidarity Caucus

Monday, December 17, 2007

Now this is what I’m talking about. A new caucus of union workers in the railroad industry is being created, which includes the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWED) which is apart of the Teamster Rail Conference. Ron Kaminkow writes for the Marxist MR Zine:

Rail labor activists from across North America are coming together to form a new cross-craft inter-union caucus that includes all rail workers in North America. Membership is open to union members from all the various unions (once known as the “brotherhoods”) in this new organization. In addition, special efforts will be made to include Canadian and Mexican workers as well.

To build this broad based unity and solidarity, the activists have launched Railroad Workers United (RWU). “We want everyone to understand that we are not creating another rail union to compete with those already in existence,” explains Jon Flanders, member of Machinists #1145 in Selkirk, NY. “Instead, we are creating an industry-wide caucus where we can all come together to help each other build the solidarity, support, democracy and strength that is missing in our individual craft unions. Who knows what the potentials and possibilities could be for such an organization of all rail labor.”

“We have been divided — craft against craft, union against union, terminal against terminal — for too long,” claims Joe Wyman, UTU trainman in Tucson, AZ. And now, with the dramatic increase in trans-border freight movements between all three nations of our continent, and the gobbling up of major Mexican rail lines by U.S.-based rail carriers, organizers suspect it is only a question of time before the carriers effectively play one country’s railroaders off against another. Wyman goes on to say, “We know we will truly be stronger by including all railroaders in North America — from Canada and Mexico as well as the U.S.”

One Comment
  1. James Clark permalink
    Friday, December 21, 2007 2:58 am

    Where do I sign up…..

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