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June 2023

BLET Newsletter

BLET and Union Pacific reach paid sick leave agreement

Union Pacific’s locomotive engineers will now have up to seven days paid in the event of illness OMAHA, June 5 ...
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Only Mexican railroads log intermodal growth in Week 21

U.S. railroads hauled 480,998 carloads, containers and trailers in the week ending May 27, a 4.8% decrease compared with the ...
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BLET’s paid sick leave agreement with NS is not tied to attendance policy

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 31 — “No concessions and no punitive attendance policy.” That was the clear message delivered to BLET’s ...
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President Hall exposes dangers of long trains in Washington Post interview

Long trains have been a major safety issue for several years now, especially since the introduction of so-called Precision Scheduled ...
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BLET and Union Pacific reach historic agreement to improve work schedules and time off for locomotive engineers

OMAHA, Neb., May 24, 2023 – The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and Union Pacific Railroad today announced ...
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Blocked crossings crisis draws local and national calls for action

(Source: ProPublica, May 1, 2023) After seeing images of kids crawling under trains, regulators ask companies to address blocked crossings, ...
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UP says it made “significant progress” on embargoes

(Source: Railway Age, April 28, 2023) Union Pacific (UP) on April 27 submitted a year-to-date progress report on embargoes, inventory management ...
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Railroads taking tougher stance on paid sick leave for BLET

(Source: The Guardian, May 1, 2023) U.S. freight rail companies nearly spurred a nationwide railroad strike last fall by refusing to grant ...
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FRA advises railroads to address train-length safety concerns

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/28/2023) Amit Bose is administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration. Photo – The Federal Railroad Administration yesterday issued ...
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U.S. DOT denies permit for LNG-by-rail move

(Source: Trains Magazine, April 27, 2023) The U.S. Department of Transportation has turned down a request for a permit to ...
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As rail profits soar, blocked crossings force kids to crawl under trains to get to school

(Source: ProPublica, April 26, 2023) The blocked crossing problem is perennial, especially in cities that are near large train yards. ...
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Workers’ Memorial Day honors those who died on the job

(Source: Cap Times, April 27, 2023) The country’s largest labor union is calling for stronger safety protections for workers after ...
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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.

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