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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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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