FRA Clarification of “Smartwatch” Rule

June 8, 2016

The question from BLET: May an employee wear a device like a “Garmin Vivofit” or “Fitbit” wristband that acts like a watch, and counts the steps that an individual takes each day?  The devices are not searching for the internet, or Wifi, to do this and must be synchronized with Bluetooth on a separate device. …

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Ratification Results and Pre-Arrangement Agreement

June 1, 2016

Ratification results for the vacation administration, pre-arrangement of PL and Single Vacation Days pilot, and preponderance of service/local chairman vacation float agreements. [pdf-embedder url=”http://wrgca.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/21406-Memo-052716-Ratif-Results-Vacation-Agrmnts-w-att.pdf”] Pre-Arrangement Overview [pdf-embedder url=”http://wrgca.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Pre-Arranged-TEY-Overview-edited-for-Engineers.pdf”]

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BLET regional meeting reminder: Hotel deadline is June 16 for Chicago, July 11 for Long Beach

June 1, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 26 — Registration continues for the BLET’s two regional meetings in 2016 — July 11-14 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, and August 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California. Both meetings will be filled with educational opportunities and entertaining leisure time activities. In Chicago, guests will stay at…

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Two person crews are the safest

May 10, 2016

(BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the Winter 2015 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Journal.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 9 — For well more than half a century railroads have used locomotive and train control technology to eliminate operating craft jobs. Whether it…

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Palmer reelected to fifth term as Oregon State Legislative Board Chairman

May 10, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 6 — Brother Scott G. Palmer, Division 842 (Klamath Falls, Oregon) was reelected by acclamation to a fifth term as Chairman of the Oregon State Legislative Board at the Board’s triennial meeting in Portland, Oregon, on May 3, 2016. A BNSF locomotive engineer, Brother Palmer hired out with the Burlington Northern in…

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BLET/UP Western Region New Member Open Enrollment for Short Term Coverage

May 8, 2016

Open Enrollment is NOW through May 31st, 2016. Coverage begins on 6/1/2016. Click here to view more information and rates. Click Here to Enroll We are pleased to inform you that the BLET/UP Western Region is currently in a new member open enrollment with Lincoln Financial Group. All of the available coverages are offered separately and…

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UP to make Texas infrastructure improvements

May 5, 2016

(Source: Union Pacific press release, May 2, 2016) SPRING, Texas — Union Pacific plans to invest $513 million in 2016 to improve Texas’s transportation infrastructure. The company’s multi-million dollar private investment will enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase rail operating efficiency. Freight railroads like Union Pacific operate on track built and maintained without…

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NTSB: Ineffective inspection, maintenance practices, oversight led to D.C. Metrorail fatality in 2015

May 5, 2016

(Source: National Transportation Safety Board press release, May 3, 2016) WASHINGTON, D.C. — A short circuit on Washington’s Metrorail system that caused thick smoke to fill a stranded train, killing one passenger and injuring 91 people on Jan. 12, 2015, was the result of WMATA failing to follow its own safety procedures and inadequate safety…

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BLET dedicates new National Division headquarters building

April 18, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 15 — Approximately 150 members, officers, dignitaries and guests were in attendance yesterday at a dedication ceremony for the new National Division headquarters building of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) in Independence, Ohio. Headquartered in downtown Cleveland since 1870, the BLET is the oldest labor union in North America.…

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