Members who, for whatever reason, do not receive a ballot may request a vote by addressing TCUTA@tcunion.org. Questions about the agreement can also be addressed to TCUTA@tcunion.org. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is an AFL-CIO/CLC union representing approximately 646,933 workers in more than 200 sectors as of 2006. IAM was founded in 1888 by 19 mechanics who met at a locomotive mine in Atlanta, Georgia, and were called “The Order of United Machinist and Mechanical Engineers.” The organization remained secret for several years due to the hostility of employers towards organized work. Despite the secrecy, the number of members grew thanks to “boomers”, men who travelled from one place to another to look for work on the railway. In one year, 40 Aboriginal people were created. At that time, the mechanics were making 20 to 25 cents an hour for a 10-hour day. In 1889, the first convention of the Machinist Union, with 34 indigenous people represented, took place in the chambers of the Senate of Georgia. Tom Talbot was elected “Grand Master Machinist” and the monthly IAM was created. In addition, at the convention, the name of the union was changed to the National Association of Machinists. The following year, in 1890, Canada`s first Local Lodge, Local Lodge 103, was chartered in Stratford, Ontario, and Mexico.

As NAM had spread throughout North America, the union changed its name again, this time in “The International Association of Machinists.” Headquarters were then moved to Richmond, Virginia. In July 2005, TCU members voted to merge the association with the International Association of Machinists. The United Transportation Union (UTU) is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a large transportation union representing approximately 125,000 active and retired workers on railways, buses, urban transportation and aircraft in the United States. The Western Railway Supervisors Association was founded by a group of South Pacific shipyards that, in 1938, after the membership and splitting of several other shipyard unions, joined BRAC. Its members now form system board 555 and work, like other groups within the union, according to their own statutes. The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) is a union in the United States and Canada. It represents workers who install and wait for signalling systems on rail networks.

Founded in 1901, the company has approximately 9,500 members, most of whom are signalling personnel on freight railways, passenger and commuter trains. The Boilermakers union trained for three years before becoming Zum Journeyman. Boilers work mainly in nuclear and fossil plants. But they also work in shipyards, refineries and chemical facilities. The work includes welding, rigging and manufacturing. All work is led by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) or the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) was founded on May 8, 1863 in Marshall, Michigan, as the Brotherhood of the Footboard. A year later, the name was changed to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, sometimes called the Brotherhood of Engineers.

[1] In 2004, BLE became the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), a division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Unifor Rail Conference, Canada`s largest private sector union with more than 305,000 members across the country, working in all major sectors of the Canadian economy.