INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 17 — The following is a statement from Union Pacific-Western Region General Chairman Steven A. Leyshon encouraging his members to vote in favor of the Tentative National Agreement. # # # I want to show my support in favor of the tentative agreement and encourage a “yes” vote. There has been a…Read More
(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, November 1, 2017) CHICAGO — Railroad retirement beneficiaries are reminded that receipt of a private railroad pension may reduce the amount of a supplemental annuity payable by the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). The following questions and answers provide information on this subject, as well as how distributions from a 401(k)…Read More
On November 7, 2017, the BLET National Division hosted a Town Hall Meeting regarding the Tentative National Agreement. More than 100 members and officers were in attendance, including representatives from BLET, SMART TD, and the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA). To help all BLET members make an informed decision about the agreement, a video of…Read More
(The following is an email to National President Dennis R. Pierce from Brother James H. Dixon of Division 62 (Houston, Texas). It is reproduced with permission.) Dear Brother Pierce: My thanks to you and your team for the Town Hall Meeting in Houston (October 25) to explain the new agreement proposal being considered. I arrived…Read More
(The following is a letter from General Chairman Jerry LaPrath to all members of the BNSF/MRL General Committee of Adjustment dated October 27, 2017.) Dear Brothers and Sisters of the BLET/MRL General Committee of Adjustment: We recently attended a meeting at the BLET National Division in Cleveland for discussion and questions on the BLET current…Read More
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 14 — The following is a letter from Norfolk Southern-Northern Lines/W&LE/CF&E General Chairman Dewayne Dehart in support of the Tentative National Agreement. # # # November 13, 2017 Brother Dennis: I would like to take a moment to applaud you and your team on the proposed Tentative Agreement. Being involved in several…Read More
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 13 — The following is a letter from Union Pacific-Southern Region General Chairman Dana Marlow and his Vice General Chairmen encouraging their members to vote in favor of the Tentative National Agreement. # # # November 6, 2017 Brothers and Sisters of the BLET UP SR General Committee of Adjustment, As all…Read More
Oil money pours into Washington state port election ahead of major decision on crude by rail terminal
(Source: DeSmog Blog, November 6, 2017) NEW YORK — An election in southern Washington could decide the fate of the country’s largest proposed crude-by-rail terminal, and has recently come under heavy scrutiny as a rush of oil money has flowed into the campaign treasury of Port of Vancouver candidate Kris Greene. Greene’s campaign has ties…Read More
(source: Progressive Railroading 11/06/2017) The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) last week approved $52,520 in rail-safety grants for crossing improvements in Tonasket and Yakima County. The UTC approved a $44,000 grant from the Grade Crossing Protective Fund at the request of Cascade and Columbia River Railroad. The grant will be used to fund upgrades to warning…Read More
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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