BLET members ratify Union Pacific contract

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By a nearly four to one margin, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have ratified a new on-property collective bargaining agreement with Union Pacific.

Ballots were counted and the final tally was 79 percent in favor of the proposal and 21 percent against.

The agreement runs through the end of 2014 and governs nearly 9,000 locomotive engineers who operate Union Pacific freight trains over its 31,900-mile, 23-state route system.

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