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May 2021

BLET Newsletter

BLET to mark 158th anniversary on May 8

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 6 - On May 8, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) will mark its 158th ...
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AAR: Many rail traffic categories have recovered from pandemic’s impact

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/06/2021) A number of rail commodity traffic categories have “completely recovered” ground lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, ...
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UP seeks operating ratio of 55%

(Source: Railway Age, May 5, 2021)NEW YORK — At Union Pacific’s Investor Day, where achievements in operational efficiency, benefits of ...
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Union Pacific unveils ESG goals in annual report

The 2020 Building America Report is the first to include the company's Fact Book. Photo – (Source: Progressive Railroading ...
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Registration open for BLET’s Austin regional meeting, July 12-16, 2021

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 30 — The BLET is pleased to announce the resumption of its regional meeting program with a ...
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UP constructing grain transload terminal near Chicago

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/30/2021) Union Pacific Railroad is building a state-of-the-art grain transload facility within its Global IV intermodal terminal in Joliet, Illinois. ...
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UP workers fight to keep jobs ahead of Palestine car shop closure

(Source: Television station KTRE, April 29, 2021)PALESTINE, Texas — A group of current and retired Palestine railroad workers are fighting ...
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Biden to focus on infrastructure with event celebrating trains

(Source: Reuters, April 30, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden will return on Friday to one of the cities that ...
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RRB Q&A: Dual benefit payments

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, April 27, 2021)CHICAGO — The payment of a railroad retirement annuity can be affected by ...
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U.S. weekly coal carloads climb to seven-week high

(Source: S&P Global Platts, April 28, 2021)HOUSTON — US coal carload originations rose to a seven-week high 64,252 in the ...
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U.S. railroads post another weekly traffic jump

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/29/2021) U.S. railroads reported 538,184 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending April 24, a 30% uptick from ...
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Workers’ Memorial Day 2021

By Dennis R. PierceBLET National PresidentINDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 28 — Workers’ Memorial Day is a time for all workers to ...
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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - UP Western Region GCA represents locomotive engineers working in the Western Region of the Union Pacific Railroad, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and portions of Nevada. We also represent members on the Portland & Western Railroad as well as the Portland Terminal Railroad.

Disclaimer: This website is not affiliated with Union Pacific Railroad, and the information contained within these web pages may not reflect the views or opinions of the Union Pacific Railroad.

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