RRB announces dates for March-June 2017 informational conferences

CLEVELAND, February 1 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced a schedule of dates for the agency’s spring 2017 informational conferences. Informational conferences will be held in 19 locations across the country, beginning on March 10 in Baldwin Park, California, and concluding on June 23 in Portland, Oregon. Additional conference for fall 2017 …

2017 BLET Scholarship Directory

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 25 — Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. Numerous financial aid opportunities are published here in the 2017 BLET Scholarship Directory. The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for …

Rail industry hopes to roll back safety regulations following Trump victory

(Source: DeSmog Blog, January 21, 2017) NEW YORK — “The policy landscape in Washington, D.C., dramatically shifted on Election Day…” While clearly not news to anyone, it was part of Edward Hamberger’s address to a conference in New York a week after Trump’s presidential victory. Hamberger is CEO of the rail industry lobbying group, the …

BLET, SMART TD members urged to call Congress in support of two-person crew bill

CLEVELAND, January 20 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Rail Air and Transportation Workers (SMART TD) are urging their respective memberships to contact members of the House of Representatives about co-sponsoring The Safe Freight Act of 2017 (H.R. 233), a bill …