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David Koch, anti-union billionaire, dies at age 79

(Source: Bloomberg, August 23, 2019) NEW YORK — David Koch, the industrialist and libertarian who used his fortune to transform American ...
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Two BLET families win 2019 Union Plus scholarships

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 21 — Union Plus recently awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 108 students representing 34 unions, including two ...
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Worker dies after being pinned between two tank cars Beaumont, Texas

(Source: Television station 12 News Now, August 20, 2019) JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — A Louisiana man was killed early Tuesday morning ...
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Another round of furloughs at UP’s Bailey Yard

(Source: North Platte Telegraph, August 20, 2019) NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The Union Pacific Railroad’s Bailey Yard at North Platte has ...
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Third UP train derails in just over a month at same Spokane rail yard

(Source: Television station KREM, August 21, 2019) SPOKANE, Wash. — Two empty Union Pacific train cars derailed near the intersection of ...
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BLET to host Secretary-Treasurer class in December 2019

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 20 — The BLET Education and Training Department will conduct a training class for Secretary-Treasurers from December ...
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FRA makes $244 million available for capital rail projects

(Source: Federal Railroad Administration press release, August 14, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ...
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About 140 rail cars on two trains derailed as storm brought strong winds to Kansas

(Source: Wichita Eagle, August 18, 2019) WICHITA, Kan. — Two BNSF trains derailed in a Harvey County town late Saturday night ...
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U.S. intermodal sector loses market share for fourth consecutive quarter

(Source: The Loadstar, August 16, 2019) LONDON — The US economy is showing signs of slowing, but remains on an upward ...
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Witnesses: Guide Them Through

(Source: Labor Arbitration Institute Conference Reporter 08/15/2019) At last month's Baltimore conference, a nationally-known labor arbitrator spoke about witnesses and ...
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U.S. freight-rail traffic fell, Canada’s rose in Week 32

(Source: Progressive Railroading 8/15/2019) U.S. freight railroads logged 533,190 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending Aug. 10, a ...
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RRB announces fall/winter 2019 Pre-Retirement Seminars

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 15 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced is schedule of Pre-Retirement Seminars for September-December ...
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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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    Las Vegas, Nevada 89117

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