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Taming Your Wild Witnesses

(Source: Conference Reporter Newsletter 05/23/2019) At the Boston conference last week, a senior labor arbitrator offered advice about interviewing and preparing witnesses to testify.  These are just four points excerpted from the lecture. Fallible memories.This is how our brains work:  we hear a story and we repeat it to ourselves.  We might repeat it over…

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FRA withdraws proposed train-crew staffing rule

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/24/2019) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has withdrawn its 2016 proposed rulemaking that called for federal regulation of train crew staffing. The FRA determined that such regulation is unnecessary for railroad operations to be conducted safely “at this time,” agency officials said yesterday in a rulemaking withdrawal notice. In deciding to withdraw the proposal, the…

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Memorial Day 2019

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 24 — As we observe Memorial Day 2019, I ask all members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen to say a special prayer for the women and men who have given their lives serving in our military and to honor them for defending our…

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BLET to host Local Chairman training class, August 11-16, 2019

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 23 — The BLET Education and Training Department will host a Local Chairman training class from August 11-16, 2019, at the BLET National Division headquarters and Training Center in Independence, Ohio. The class is designed to help Local Chairmen develop and hone the skills necessary to provide the best representation possible to…

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UP Health launches NotchEight blog

Blog will provide health, wellness, and benefits information for UP Health members SALT LAKE CITY, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — UP Health, a health benefits provider for employees of Union Pacific Railroad since 1947, launched a new member blog today.  NotchEight, named after the highest speed on a locomotive, will provide members with information on health, wellness,…

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