Mobilization Program

The effectiveness of an organization depends on its ability to speak with one voice for a common cause. Our Mobilization Program was established in 1997 as a way to address issues affecting BLET members and ultimately their spouses and families. This program is the most efficient way we have to communicate with each other on important issues. Because our organization is spread out across the United States, we need a way to contact one another quickly and efficiently when time is of the essence. The Mobilization Program meets that need through the use of telephone calls, e-mails, and correspondence. We have successfully activated our mobilization networks on numerous occasions to help pass the railroad retirement reform legislation, to prompt our members to educate the public and elected officials on the dangers of remote control operations and congressional attempts to sabotage Amtrak, and the campaign on the National Mediation Board to prevent the Carriers from shirking their duty to negotiate the national contract in good faith with rail labor. More recently, we have used our mobilization networks to assist the BLET with their Get Out the Vote campaign when their voting process changed from having the delegates elect the national officers to a “one man, one vote” process in 2010. We were again asked by the BLET to activate our mobilization networks to help disseminate information about the collective bargaining process that almost led to a strike in the last months of 2011. Our efforts, combined with those of the BLET, helped to substantially increase the BLET voting participation in both the 2010 election of national officers as well as the strike vote.