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BYLINE: John D. Boyd
U.S. railroads have key support for their five-year contract agreement from a Teamster-led coalition of unions, which covers about half of the labor groups the industry bargains with.
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen was the first to announce its voting results, saying its members voted two-to-one to ratify a tentative contract. The high approval level, said BLET National President Don Hahs, showed "this is a strong national contract that will benefit our members."
The other six unions in the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition were expected to soon follow suit. And their embrace of the contract would shape the …