Feds weigh minimum train crew sizes

July 18, 2016

(Source: The Hill, July 15, 2016) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Railroad Administration is considering a rule that would require most trains to have a minimum number of crew members. Full story: The Hill Monday, July 18, 2016

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Feds seek new rules to mitigate oil train derailments

July 15, 2016

(Source: The Hill, July 14, 2016) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal regulators are proposing new rules aimed at mitigating the effects of derailments, spills and explosions of oil trains. Full story: The Hill Friday, July 15, 2016

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RRB Issuing Statements of Service

July 15, 2016

From RRB Press Release (PR 16-3 May 2016) Each year, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) prepares a “Certificate of Service Months and Compensation” (Form BA-6) for every railroad employee who had creditable railroad compensation in the previous calendar year. The RRB will mail the forms to employees during the first half of June. While…

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RRB: Dual benefit payments

July 15, 2016

(Source: U.S. Railroad Retirement Board press release, June 15, 2016) CHICAGO — The payment of a railroad retirement annuity can be affected by entitlement to social security benefits, as well as certain other government benefits. Such dual entitlement, if not reported to the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), can result in benefit overpayments which have to…

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NTSB explains why it did not investigate Mosier oil train derailment

July 9, 2016

(Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting, July 7, 2016) MOSIER, Ore. — The National Transportation Safety Board has responded to letter from Oregon’s senators about why it did not investigate last month’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge, saying its limited staff likely would not have gleaned any new safety recommendations from examining the incident.…

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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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