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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Comparison of benefits under Railroad Retirement and Social Security

March 29, 2016

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, March 8, 2016) CHICAGO — Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay higher retirement taxes than those covered by the Social Security Act, so that railroad retirement benefits remain higher than social security benefits, especially for “career” employees who have 30 or more years of service. The…

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FRA advances rulemaking for two-person train crews

March 17, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 15 — On Tuesday, March 15, The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. FRA’s proposed rule provides compelling reasons trains should be crewed by at least two persons. BLET applauds…

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Pre-Arrangement of Compensated Time Off Update

March 11, 2016

As many of you know, I have been working for some time to reach agreements with the UPRR addressing issues with the administration of vacations, getting access to pre-arrangement of PL & Single Vacation Days, and adjusting the preponderance of service/local chairman vacation float agreement. The process has been ongoing since the vacation administration agreement proposal failed to…

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Federal Railroad Administration seeks comments on train horn rules

March 8, 2016

Congressmen applaud move to address quality-of-life concerns By John Fryar Staff Writer ~ www.timescall.com A BNSF train travels down tracks that divide Atwood Street in Longmont. The Federal Railroad Administration will take public comments on its train horn rules starting Monday. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer timescall.com) Train horn rules The Federal Railroad Administration is inviting…

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Reminder: Applications for 2016 Hoffa scholarships due March 31

March 8, 2016

CLEVELAND, March 3 — As a reminder, the deadline for receipt of completed materials for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is March 31, 2016. Completed materials should be mailed to the BLET’s new headquarters building: BLET National Division ATTN: National Secretary-Treasurer 7061 East Pleasant Valley Road Independence, OH 44131 Applicants must be a…

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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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