Union Pacific Engineers Strike
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) _ A union representing more than 8,000 locomotive engineers at Union Pacific went on strike early Saturday, shutting down the nation’s largest rail carrier, union officials said.
The union said the dispute is over new rules that were implemented at the start of the year for personal leave days.
Union Pacific spokesman John Bromley said the railroad will go to court to end the strike. He said lawyers were drawing up papers shortly after the strike began after midnight.
Edward Dubroski, international president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, said the union was left with no other choice following the company’s new qualification standards for personal leave.
``Union Pacific has chosen to unilaterally impose new working conditions on locomotive engineers, in defiance of federal law,″ he said.
Bromley did not know how much impact the walkout had on operations. He called the personal leave question was a minor issue, not one that should trigger a strike.