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April 2021

BLET Newsletter

Factbox: What’s in Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan?

(Source: Reuters, March 31, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The infrastructure plan U.S. President Joe Biden will roll out in Pittsburgh on ...
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Update from Railroad Retirement Board’s Labor Member regarding American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

(BLET Editor’s Note: The following is a message to Rail Labor from John Bragg, Labor Member of the U.S. Railroad ...
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Nevada says push for freight rail not an attack on trucking

(Source: Freight Waves, March 17, 2021)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Should Nevada, which has only one warehouse actively using a rail siding, ...
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Weekly U.S. coal carloads rise 15.8% on year

(Source: S&P Global Platts, March 17, 2021)NEW YORK — Weekly US coal carload originations totaled 64,102 in the week ended ...
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U.S. freight railroads log carload, intermodal growth in Week 10

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/18/2021) Total U.S. freight-rail traffic rose 12.5% to 520,736 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending ...
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BNSF train blocks grade crossing for four days in Ardmore, Okla.

(Source: Television station KTEN, March 15, 2021)ARDMORE, Okla. — "They just don't care," said Bobbie Wells on Monday, pointing to ...
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UP’s Bailey Yard hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Sgt. Michael Fischer, a combat medic assigned to the Nebraska Army National Guard's 92nd Troop Command, prepared for a mass ...
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NTSB investigating fatal accidents involving BNSF, KCS workers

(Source: Progressive Railroading, March 5, 2021) The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun investigations into two recent fatal accidents ...
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Teamsters laud Senate passage of COVID-19 stimulus package, securing pensions for workers, retirees

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, March 6, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Teamsters are elated over the Senate’s approval of ...
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High-Tech Divide and Conquer

  High-Tech Divide and Conquer By Dennis R. Pierce, National President  In my last President's Message, I closed by saying ...
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Inspector General: Former DOT Secretary Elaine Chao used DOT resources for personal errands, family business

(Source: National Public Radio, March 4, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — In her time as former President Donald Trump's transportation secretary, Elaine ...
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BNSF worker killed after two freight trains “converge” at La Mirada rail yard in California

(Source: KTLA, March 4, 2021)BUENA PARK, Calif. — A BNSF Railway worker died after being crushed between two trains that ...
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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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