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March 2019
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BLET Newsletter

AAR: U.S. railroads registered more traffic declines in Week 11

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/21/2019) For the week ending March 16, U.S. railroads logged 501,001 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.8 ...
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Railroads’ flood-ravaged Midwestern tracks trigger FRA emergency declaration

BNSF is dealing with flooded track in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. Photo – (Source: Progressive Railroading 03/21/2019) Federal Railroad ...
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Union Pacific, BNSF working to restore rail traffic in states hit hard by floods

(Source: Associated Press, March 20, 2019) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific says its crews are working around the clock so rail ...
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Right-to-work defeated in Colorado for 30th consecutive year

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, March 19, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the 30th consecutive year, a so-called “right-to-work” (RTW) ...
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23-car derailment shuts down Union Pacific line in Eastern Washington, prompts controlled burn of hazardous chemical

(Source: Seattle Times, March 19, 2019)SEATTLE, Wash. — The Union Pacific line that runs through Eastern Washington has been shut ...
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Transit unions seek worker protections against automation impacts

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/18/2019) The Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO is asking Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to prepare ...
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FRA denies KCS request to move brake test to Mexico yards

(Source: Trains, March 18, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Railroad Administration has denied Kansas City Southern’s request to shift a ...
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Union Pacific: Weak rail traffic for sixth straight week

(Source: Market Realist, March 18, 2019) NEW YORK — The weakness in Union Pacific’s rail traffic continued for the sixth straight ...
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Nebraska flooding wreaking havoc on railroads

(Source: Lincoln Journal Star, March 18, 2019) LINCOLN, Neb. — Historic flooding is causing huge headaches for both freight and passenger ...
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BLET lobbies Capitol Hill, regulatory agencies for crew member safety

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 15 — BLET officers and staff invested a lot of legwork lobbying for rail worker safety during ...
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Trump budget slashes funding for Amtrak long-distance service

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/12/2019) President Donald Trump's fiscal-year 2020 budget request submitted yesterday calls for "restructuring" Amtrak and slashing the railroad's budget to emphasize ...
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It’s taking a team effort for Union Pacific to roll out its version of PSR

UP aims to operate more manifest trains since the overall focus now is on moving individual cars. Photo – Union ...
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Depot Drug and UPREHS are pleased to announce a new free meter program for non-Medicare members. 

Avoiding the festive 15

Having the willpower to avoid the cookie aisle at the grocery store on a “normal” day is tough. Avoiding the aisle, end caps and special displays during the holiday season, well that requires super human strength.  If you’ve ever been tempted to skip a glass and drink straight from a bowl of eggnog at your company holiday party, fear not.  I have some suggestions you can follow to help avoid the dreaded Festive 15 lbs!

Food for your mood: Eat your way to happy

Do not let the title of this article fool you.  I do not mean eating your way through the menu at McDonald’s or polishing off an entire pumpkin pie at an upcoming holiday dinner (but if wishing made it so). I’m talking about foods that help boost your mood.

How to make the most of your health plan coverage

Health care and health insurance is confusing and constantly changing.  It seems cliche to say that, but it’s true.  Which is exactly why you need to understand your health plan in order to maximize the benefits.  We’ve got some tips on how to do just that.


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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