September 4, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Buffalo, NY – The latest organizing victory for the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) involves 46 Employees of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad (BPRR) who’ve voted to Go Union with the National Labor Organization, SMART Representatives tell WNYLaborToday.com this Labor Day Weekend.
A successful ratification vote – the results of which were certified by the National Mediation Board (NMB) on August 30th – adds 36 Maintenance of Way and 10 Signalmen to SMART Local 377, which is headquartered in the State of Pennsylvania.
The Maintenance of Way and Signalmen join 98 Engineers, Conductors and Brakemen employed by BPRR who are already represented by Local 377, according to SMART Transportation Division Organizer Larry Grutzius.
“We’ve had a bunch of ‘successful’ drives over the past (18 months) that have brought in close to seven hundred new Members,” Grutzius tells Your On-Line Labor Newspaper. “Some are coming for ‘better’ wages and benefits, but ‘most’ are coming to ‘improve’ their workplace conditions. They’ve been ‘mistreated’ (on the job) and there’s been a ‘lack of respect.’”
The Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, acquired by holding company Genesee & Wyoming back in 1988, is a 368-mile regional railroad that serves Western New York and Western Pennsylvania. It connects with such major railroads as Canadian Pacific, CSX and Norfolk Southern. The BPRR is a Class II railroad that operates on 411 miles of track and is owned by Genesee and Wyoming Rail Road. Its main line runs between Buffalo and Eidenau, Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh. The railroad connects the Allegheny Valley Railroad and runs on the former Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) railroad tracks. Major commodities shipped by the railroad include paper, petroleum products, chemicals, coal, steel and sand. To read more click on the following link