Association Of Commuter Rail Employees
Dawn Of A New Union
The Association of Commuter Rail Employees was created through a grass roots movement by
several passenger rail employees. These employees dreamed of controlling their own destiny.
With the birth of ACRE, that dream is now a reality. On February 29, 2000 the Conductors
and Assistant Conductors on Metro North Railroad elected as their union, the Association of
Commuter Rail Employees, resoundly rejecting the incumbent United Transportation Union by
nearly a ten to one margin. Metro North's Engineers and Rail Traffic Controllers elected ACRE
in late February as well, followed shortly thereafter by Power Directors, Yardmasters and
Assistant Stationmasters. In 2002, ACRE was honored to have Metro North's Signalmen
join our union.
ACRE has made history by unifying these vital crafts, a feat unthinkable just a few short years ago.
We realize our futures are protected by working with, rather than against each other. We are
committed to the preservation of craft autonomy and the rights of the members working in their
respective crafts to control their bargaining agreements without outside interference or influence.
Each craft maintains its own identity while working for the common good. ACRE recognized the
need to establish an organization dedicated to the concerns of rail employees in passenger service.
The benefits cooperation between our crafts affords to the members in each craft is truly astounding.
Together we will continue to strive and fight to improve working conditions for the men and women
serving the rail industry.
Together, we will succeed!