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January 2022

BLET Newsletter

FRA Clarification of “Smartwatch” Rule

The question from BLET: May an employee wear a device like a "Garmin Vivofit" or "Fitbit" wristband that acts like ...
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Ratification Results and Pre-Arrangement Agreement

Ratification results for the vacation administration, pre-arrangement of PL and Single Vacation Days pilot, and preponderance of service/local chairman vacation ...
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BLET regional meeting reminder: Hotel deadline is June 16 for Chicago, July 11 for Long Beach

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 26 — Registration continues for the BLET’s two regional meetings in 2016 — July 11-14 at the ...
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Two person crews are the safest

(BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the Winter 2015 ...
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Palmer reelected to fifth term as Oregon State Legislative Board Chairman

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 6 — Brother Scott G. Palmer, Division 842 (Klamath Falls, Oregon) was reelected by acclamation to a ...
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BLET/UP Western Region New Member Open Enrollment for Short Term Coverage

Open Enrollment is NOW through May 31st, 2016. Coverage begins on 6/1/2016. Click here to view more information and rates. Click ...
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UP to make Texas infrastructure improvements

(Source: Union Pacific press release, May 2, 2016) SPRING, Texas — Union Pacific plans to invest $513 million in 2016 ...
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NTSB: Ineffective inspection, maintenance practices, oversight led to D.C. Metrorail fatality in 2015

(Source: National Transportation Safety Board press release, May 3, 2016) WASHINGTON, D.C. — A short circuit on Washington’s Metrorail system ...
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BLET dedicates new National Division headquarters building

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 15 — Approximately 150 members, officers, dignitaries and guests were in attendance yesterday at a dedication ceremony ...
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Comparison of benefits under Railroad Retirement and Social Security

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, March 8, 2016) CHICAGO — Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay ...
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FRA advances rulemaking for two-person train crews

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 15 — On Tuesday, March 15, The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a Notice of Proposed Rule ...
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Pre-Arrangement of Compensated Time Off Update

As many of you know, I have been working for some time to reach agreements with the UPRR addressing issues with ...
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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - UP Western Region GCA represents locomotive engineers working in the Western Region of the Union Pacific Railroad, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and portions of Nevada. We also represent members on the Portland & Western Railroad as well as the Portland Terminal Railroad.

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