springfield terminal railway company
in 1986, the springfield terminal transportation company, a subsidiary of guilford transportation industries (gti), attempted to eliminate all crafts. the first attempt to eliminate the crafts was under section 6 of the railway labor act and then again by leasing railroad lines whose collective bargaining agreements with the utu did not provide for distinctive craft lines and whose agreements were substandard. the utu fought all rail labor attempting to eliminate craft distinction. the brotherhood of locomotive engineers and trainmen (blet), international brotherhood of electrical workers (ibew), international association of machinists (iam), brotherhood of maintenance of way employees (bmwe), american train dispatchers association (atda), transportation communications workers (tcw), brotherhood of railway signalmen (brs), international brotherhood of firemen and oilers (ibfo), transportation communications international union (tciu), sheet metal workers international association (smwia) and (arasa), the effected rail unions, formed the council of railroad employees (cre), and fought long and hard to retain the craft lines.
in the process, gti eliminated approximately 800 union employees, while the utu did nothing but fight the rest of rail labor.
when a union, such as the utu, devotes a majority of its time disparaging fellow rail labor unions, they hurt all representation, solidarity and protection of the labor force - the fundamental principal of unionism.
in 1986, gti sought to eliminate the railroad craft lines on the four railroads that made up its rail system: boston & maine (b&m), delaware and hudson (d&h), maine central railroad (mec) and portland terminal company (pt).
on may 24, 1986, gti served section 6 of the rla on all of the labor organizations representing employees on its rail system. when two of the organizations did not invoke the mediatory services of the national mediation board (nmb), gti promulgated those rules as to those crafts. however, gti's plan was thwarted by the nmb's refusal to release gti in regard to the other unions.
gti then sought to achieve its craftless work forces by contracting out its operations to the springtield terminal railway company (st). st only had 25 employees and a contract with the utu that did not have craft lines and did not meet railroad industry standards of pay, rules and working conditions. essentially, st engages in automobile ramping and deramping operations at ayre, ma, which was comprised of a facility on the b&m to service ford motor company.
by october 1987, gti had abolished over 2000 jobs and hired 1200 non-union people to perform the work previously performed by union brothers.