Archive for October 2017

Mining company, UP back in court over Coeur d’Alene clean up costs

(Source: Spokesman-Review, October 30, 2017) BOISE, Idaho — Eight years after paying out $482 million to fund cleanup from a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Silver Valley, the copper mining firm Asarco is back in court, demanding that Union Pacific Railroad pay it $130 million because it contends the railroad caused a big…

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Health FSA open enrollment for 2018 continues through October 31

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 18 — Open enrollment for the Health Flexible Spending Account Plan (FSA) 2018 benefit year is available for just over two more weeks, concluding on October 31, 2017. It is important to note that members must enroll in the Health FSA every year — FSA enrollment is not automatic each year so interested…

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BLET shares summary of Tentative National Agreement

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 16 — In response to membership questions regarding the Tentative National Agreement, the BLET is making available a summary of its main points and some examples of its application. The PDF linked below is based on the presentation the BLET National Division shared with all involved General Chairmen on October 6, 2017,…

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Coordinated Bargaining Group condemns interference in its ratification process

(The following is a joint press release from the Coordinated Bargaining Group) On October 6, 2017, the six Rail Unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) announced that they had reached a Tentative National Agreement with the Nation’s Freight Rail Carriers. Shortly after that announcement, a Union belonging to a different bargaining coalition began a…

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National Negotiations update: Coordinated Bargaining Group unions reach tentative national contract agreement

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 5 — Rail Unions making up the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) announced today that they have reached a Tentative National Agreement with the Nation’s Freight Rail Carriers. The CBG is comprised of six unions: the American Train Dispatchers Association; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (a Division of the Rail Conference…

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