BLET fights industry effort to reduce air brake inspections

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 19 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is taking a stand against a rail industry effort to nearly double the distance freight trains can travel between mandatory air brake inspections. “Reducing the frequency of safety-sensitive air brake inspections would degrade safety and would put the lives of our members … [Read more…]

Unemployment and sickness benefits for railroad employees

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, August 1, 2016) CHICAGO — The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, which provides two kinds of benefits for qualified railroaders: unemployment benefits for those who become unemployed but are ready, willing and able to work; and sickness benefits for those who are unable to … [Read more…]

Labor Day 2016

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 2 — Labor Day is the American holiday that formally honors the nation’s working class, and informally marks the end of summer. This Labor Day comes in an election year that will present stark choices to voters, and will have a long-lasting impact on job … [Read more…]

BLET to host S-T training class in September

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 26 — The BLET Education and Training Department will conduct a training class for Secretary-Treasurers from September 13-15, 2016, at the Training Center at BLET National Division headquarters in Independence, Ohio. Registration for the class will be filled by Division Secretary-Treasurers who sign up on a first come, first served basis. Attendance … [Read more…]

This spot in Chicago is the epitome of a more than $100 billion problem facing America

From   By Andrew Stern  Jul. 21, 2016, 12:56 PM   A freight train more than 10,000 feet long, hauling hundreds of shipping containers, sits idle in residential Chicago. It’s the middle of the afternoon, and the CSX train is just parked there. Waiting. At this stretch of railroad, known as the 75th Street Corridor, that … [Read more…]