BLET to host a GCA ST UnionTrack training class

July 9, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 29 — The BLET’s Education and Training Department is hosting a GCA Secretary-Treasurer Training Class for UnionTrack in the Training Center in Independence, Ohio, from August 9-11, 2016. Space in the class will be filled by those GCA Secretary-Treasurers who register online on a first come first serve basis. Attendance is limited…

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Teamster 29th International Convention Day 4

July 1, 2016

Day four was both educational and entertaining. After the opening rituals, nominations were accepted for the positions of General President and General Secretary Treasurer. It is very evident who the overwhelming majority supports. If you could not tell from the sea of red vests, the deafening noise will seal the deal. For the Hoffa/Hall slate…

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Teamster 29th International Convention Day 3

July 1, 2016

An addition to the Day 2 report is needed. During the afternoon session of the convention the attendees were informed about the BNSF head-on collision that occurred earlier in the morning near Panhandle, Texas, by National President Pierce. Three of the crew members involved in the incident are BLET members. There was a moment of…

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2nd day of Teamsters convention

June 29, 2016

I need to make two corrections to my day 1 report. The merger between Sysco (not Cisco) and US foods was halted as a result of the IBT’s opposition.  Also, the monetary fines issued some nations exceeded their GDP, not annual economic revenue, as I stated. Now on to Day 2. The focus of the day was Organizing in North America and…

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Report for Teamsters 29th International Convention Day 1

June 28, 2016

The Teamsters 29th International Convention opened on Monday with the same motivating spirit we have become accustomed to. The opening started with a quartet of woman violinists, a drummer and guitarist playing Led Zeppelin, Journey and AC/DC music while Teamsters rally and members were shown on all the conventions Halls oversized big screens. (I posted…

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Federal regulators must prohibit one-person freight train crews

June 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16 — John Previsich, president of SMART Transportation Division and Dennis Pierce, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, issued this statement following the joint submission of comments responding to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a minimum size for train crews. “Operating freight trains with one-person…

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Pierce: PTC, two-person crews will help make rail industry safer

June 11, 2016

(The following is a statement from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce regarding the National Transportation Safety Board’s findings into the crash of Amtrak train 188. A synopsis of the NTSB’s report is here: http://www.ble-t.org/pr/pdf/DCA15MR010_Abstract.pdf.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 19 — On May 17, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its findings regarding the catastrophic…

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BLET members: Important notice regarding Health and Welfare rates

June 11, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 8 — All active BLET members are advised that effective July 1, 2016, the monthly employee cost-sharing contributions under the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan will increase to $228.89. As of July 1, 2012, the employee contribution to Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan was frozen at $198.00 per…

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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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