The BLET Auxiliary is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 School Year. 

January 9, 2018

The BLET Auxiliary Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships to qualifying students who wish to pursue higher education. The Auxiliary also offers two $2,500 scholarships annually in collaboration with Locomotive Engineers and Conductors Mutual Protective Association (LECMA). The two $2,500 scholarships are fully funded by LECMPA. To apply for an Auxiliary Scholarship award, the applicant must…

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NTSB preliminary report says PTC likely would have prevented Washington state Amtrak derailment; Damage estimate tops $40 million

January 5, 2018

(Source: Reuters, January 4, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The damage from a deadly Amtrak train crash in Washington state in December topped $40.4 million, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report on Thursday. The safety board also said the crash that killed three and injured 70 could have been prevented if…

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Registration continues for February’s LM-2 class

January 5, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 4 — Space remains for the BLET Education and Training Department’s upcoming class for Secretary-Treasurers who file LM-2 reports for their General Committee of Adjustment (GCA), Division or State Legislative Board. The class will be held in San Diego, California, from February 13-15, 2018. Each year, labor organizations must file a financial…

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BLET Action Alert: Republican tax bill on track to put Railroad Retirement Unemployment & Sickness benefits in the siding

December 22, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 15 — The Republican tax bill currently working its way through the House and the Senate could have a devastating impact on Railroad Retirement Unemployment and Sickness Benefits, according to analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the General Counsel of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). All active and retired BLET…

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“Be Strong:” International rail organizations extend solidarity, condolences following Amtrak crash in Washington State

December 22, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 21 — Three international rail worker Organizations have sent letters of solidarity, support and sympathy to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) National Division, its members and the victims of the fatal December 18 Amtrak derailment near Tacoma, Wash. The 4,600 members of New Zealand’s Rail & Maritime Transport Union…

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AAR: November 2017 rail traffic up 2.9 percent over November 2016

December 9, 2017

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, December 6, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 2, 2017, as well as volumes for November 2017. Intermodal rail traffic remains on pace to set a new annual record in 2017 with strong gains in…

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Union Pacific showcases drone program, plans

December 9, 2017

(Source: Occupational Health & Safety, December 8, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — An online article about Union Pacific’s use of drones this week says the railroad currently has 80 employees certified to fly drones and hopes to have nearly 250 throughout its 32,100-mile network by December 2018. Full story: www.ohsonline.com Friday, December 08, 2017

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USDOT opts to repeal ECP brake rulemaking

December 7, 2017

Source: Progressive Railroading 12/05/2017 Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) repealed a May 2015 rulemaking that would have required the installation of electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes on certain tank cars, according to U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). The USDOT had until Dec. 4 to publish a determination that the ECP rule either was justified or…

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BLET members ratify national contract

December 1, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 1 — Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC). The Agreement was reached as a result of the BLET’s participation in the Coordinated Bargaining Group, with five other Unions. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of the voting…

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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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