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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 — Union Pacific Railroad reached an agreement with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) to provide paid sick leave to the approximately 5,600 locomotive engineers employed by the railroad. Under the agreement, BLET…

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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 Norfolk Southern members over conference calls and Zoom meetings set up to explain the breakthrough tentative agreement announced on May 18. The new policy will provide up to seven paid sick days per year to…

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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 Railroading by Class I railroads throughout the United States. The BLET has argued that these long trains put profits over safety — the safety train crews who operate the trains and the citizens of towns…

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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, lawmakers demand consequences, residents clamor for solutions and Norfolk Southern’s CEO calls a mayor to work out a fix. Full story: ProPublica

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