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March 2023

BLET Newsletter

FRA proposes rule that would require emergency breathing gear in locomotive cabs

(Source: 03/08/2023) The rule aims to protect train crews from inhalation hazards in the event of a hazardous materials ...
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STB approves termination of Montana Rail Link’s lease with BNSF Railway

(Source: Trains Magazine, March 8, 2023) The Surface Transportation Board today approved Montana Rail Link’s plan to terminate its lease with ...
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Unions sue BNSF over outsourcing of locomotive repairs

(Source: Trains Magazine, March 7, 2023) A group of unions announced on March 7 that they have filed suit against ...
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Off the rails: Unfulfilled grain car orders reach epidemic levels, set new records to start 2023

(Source: Farm News Media, March 7, 2023) So far this year, average weekly unfilled grain car orders one or more ...
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Labor says new NS safety plan “not enough”

(Source: Television station WFMJ, March 6, 2023) It’s been more than a month since the toxic train derailment that dominated ...
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NTSB to open special investigation into Norfolk Southern safety practices and culture

(Source: Associated Press, March 7, 2023 Federal investigators are opening a wide-ranging investigation into one of the nation’s biggest railroads ...
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FRA announces safety assessment of Norfolk Southern’s operations

(Source: Federal Railroad Administration press release, March 7, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced its plan ...
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BLET resumes in-person training classes; Will host Legislative Rep training in June

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 7 — Class is back in session for members and officers of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers ...
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Bipartisan rail safety bill runs into Republican roadblock

(Source: The Hill, March 6, 2023) Ohio Sens. J.D. Vance (R) and Sherrod Brown (D) unveiled a rail safety proposal last week ...
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Union Pacific hit with $557 million verdict in Texas collision case

(Source: 03/07/2023) Jury’s award includes $500 million in punitive damages for woman who was reportedly sitting on tracks HOUSTON ...
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Biden urges Congress to pass Rail Safety Act

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/06/2023) President Joe Biden is throwing his support behind the proposed bipartisan Rail Safety Act legislation introduced last ...
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UP grain cars derail in Kansas

(Source: CBS News, March 5, 2023) A train with 18 cars filled with grain derailed just outside of Wellington, Kansas, ...
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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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