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BLET mourns passing of Washington State Legislative Board Chairman Shahraim Allen

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 30 – Officers, members and staff of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) are deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Washington State Legislative Board Chairman Shahraim C. Allen, who died on June 24, 2021. He was 45 years old. Brother Allen was a third-generation railroader who belonged…

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Governors praise bipartisan deal on infrastructure

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/28/2021) The National Governors Association lauded the infrastructure agreement reached last week between a bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators and President Joe Biden. The agreement creates a framework for a five-year, $973 billion package to fund the nation’s infrastructure. Of that amount, $579 billion is new spending that was not allocated though other projects. The…

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AAR reports rail traffic for the week ending June 19, 2021

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, June 23, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 19, 2021. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 514,112 carloads and intermodal units, up 12.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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General President Hoffa closes his final convention

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, June 24, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday evening, Jim Hoffa brought down the Convention gavel for the final time as he closed his final convention as General President of the Teamsters Union. Speakers throughout the 30th International Convention thanked Hoffa for his leadership during his time with the…

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Teamsters vow to unionize Amazon, taking on an anti-union behemoth

Article By Margot Roosevelt  (Source: 06/22/2021) One of the nation’s largest unions, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, announced it will mount a nationwide effort to organize Amazon’s delivery and warehouse workers, declaring that the multibillion-dollar behemoth is an “existential threat” to workers across the logistics industry. In a resolution presented Tuesday at its 30th international convention, the…

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