Memorial Day 2017

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 26 — As we observe Memorial Day 2017, I ask all members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen to say a special prayer for the women and men who have given their lives serving in our military and to honor them for defending …

States push for stronger oil train limits

(Source: The Hill website, By Devin Henry 05/22/17) Several state attorneys general are asking federal regulators to strengthen rules on trains transporting crude oil. The six attorneys general, led by New York’s Eric Schneiderman, filed comments with regulators Monday insisting the government set a more stringent limit on the volatility of oil that trains are allowed …

AAR: Rail traffic up 5.5 percent over 2016 for week ending May 20

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, May 24, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 20, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 534,922 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.5 percent compared with the same week last year. …

RRB: Medicare for railroad families

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, April 19, 2017) CHICAGO — The Federal Medicare program provides hospital and medical insurance protection for railroad retirement annuitants and their families, just as it does for social security beneficiaries. Medicare has the following parts: • Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for inpatient care in hospitals and …