Court upholds OSHA finding that Pan Am Railways violated Maine employee’s whistleblower rights

(Source: Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) press release, May 10, 2017) BOSTON — A federal appeals court has affirmed that Pan Am Railways, Inc. must pay $260,000 in punitive and compensatory damages to – and take corrective action on behalf of – an employee who was subjected to retaliation for filing …

STB: Number of Class I train and engine service employees rises

(Source: Progressive Railroading, May 22, 2017) Class Is employed 149,107 workers in the United States as of mid-April, down 0.14 percent compared with mid-March and down 2.64 percent from the year-ago figure, according to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). But on a positive note, the number of train and engine service employees working in the …

This is your union, and it is strongest when you are involved

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President (BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the April 2017 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 3 — My last President’s Message contained the text of the remarks that I prepared to present …

Action Alert: Amtrak must be fully funded

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 24 — President Trump has presented his budget to the American people, and despite making public statements that his administration would spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, his first budget proposal consists of cuts that hurt American workers. Included in this budget is the complete elimination of funding for all long distance Amtrak …