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Class I employment rose nearly 4% in December 2022

(Source: Progressive Railroading, February 8, 2023) Class Is employed 119,349 people as of mid-December 2022, a 0.34% increase from November 2022 and a 3.88% increase from December 2021 employment levels, according to Surface Transportation Board data. Five of six employment categories registered increases between November and December 2022. Those categories were transportation (other than train and engine),…

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White House renews pressure on railroads over paid sick leave

(Source: Reuters, February 8, 2023) Top White House officials spoke to executives from the largest U.S. railroad operators in recent days, renewing pressure to reach an agreement to secure paid sick leave for workers after President Joe Biden signed legislation to block a national railroad strike in December. Biden’s top economic adviser, Brian Deese, and…

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BLET calls on Congress to fix FMLA flaw that harms rail workers

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 3 — This month marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. BLET has had a long history of fighting to protect members’ rights under FMLA. In marking the anniversary of FMLA, U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY)…

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2023 BLET Scholarship Directory

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 24 — Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. Numerous financial aid opportunities are published below in the 2023 BLET Scholarship Directory. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for each scholarship program. The BLET…

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