Rail Labor seeks mediation to settle national contract talks

A PDF of this statement is available for download at: http://www.ble-t.org/pr/pdf/Press_Release_202016_1205.pdf Rail Labor’s Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) released the following statement on December 5, 2016: Despite our best efforts, collective bargaining with the major U.S. Class 1 railroads completely stalled late last week. Therefore, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Railway Labor Act, … [Read more…]

Open enrollment begins December 1, 2016 for the BLET Short Term Disability Part B Plan

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 30, 2016 — Open Enrollment for 2017 under the BLET’s Short Term Disability Part B insurance plan begins on December 1, 2016 and will end December 30, 2016. Part B Plan coverage under this open enrollment will take effect on January 1, 2017. If you are a locomotive engineer working on a … [Read more…]

FRA to issue advisory on sleep apnea, cameras

From progressiverailroading.com The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is finalizing an advisory to push railroads to begin testing train operators for obstructive sleep apnea. Agency officials will issue the safety advisory on screening and treatment for the condition following reports that the engineer of a New Jersey Transit commuter train was found to have the condition after the train he … [Read more…]

Now Is The Time To Address Rail Worker Fatigue

(BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the October 2016 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 8 — On behalf of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, I applaud the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) for including rail … [Read more…]

BLET Legislative Representatives meet in Washington

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 30 — Legislative Representatives of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) met at Teamsters headquarters in Washington this week for training classes and to lobby House and Senate representatives about the need for two-person crews and other safety measures. The BLET Education and Training Department conducted the training classes. Dennis … [Read more…]

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…]