Transportation union takes shippers’ side

Nov 03, 2006 | 04:07 PM | Rory Carroll

The United Transportation Union (UTU) said it will side with shippers, including steel companies, and against the railroads on legislative issues when the 110th Congress is seated next year.

Previously, the UTU had stuck up for their employers when they've been attacked on Capitol Hill.

The UTU's new position is born out of frustrating labor contract negotiations. A union representative said the increases in wages that are currently on the table would not keep up with rising health-care costs. "It would actually move us backwards," James M. Brunkenhoefer, UTU national legislative director, said.....

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