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UP-WRGCA Delegates to the BLET  4th National Convention in Las Vegas
UP-WRGCA Delegates to the BLET 4th National Convention in Las Vegas

Report: Short lines add $6.5 billion to U.S. economy

July 30, 2018

(Source: Railway Age, July 27, 2018) NEW YORK — An industry economic impact report found short line railroads provide $6.5 billion in added value to the U.S. economy – aided by the positive impact of the Short Line Tax Credit. The report, which was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and released by the American Short Line…

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RR decals: Low-cost life savers?

July 27, 2018

(Source: Coeur d’Alene Press 07/26/2018) July 26, 2018 at 5:00 am | By BRIAN WALKER Staff Writer POST FALLS — Travis Campbell wasn’t thrilled when he saw a young driver looking at his cellphone while listening to music. But concern turned to elation when Campbell watched the young man stop in his tracks to heed…

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Microsoft, Oregon and B.C. kick in $750,000 for new study of high-speed rail in Pacific Northwest

July 27, 2018

(Source: Geek Wire, July 26, 2018) SEATTLE, Wash. — The effort to build a high-speed rail connecting Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C. just got a fresh cash infusion. Microsoft, the Province of British Columbia, and the Oregon Department of Transportation are putting $750,000 in new funding toward a deeper study of the business opportunity the…

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BLET members lobby Congress over safety, Tex Mex jobs issue

July 26, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 25 — BLET Legislative Representatives visited 150 Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. on July 13 as part of a major railroad safety lobbying effort and to make members of Congress aware of the union’s struggle to preserve the jobs of BLET members who work for the Texas Mexican Railway (Tex Mex). On…

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National Division launches 2018 convention website

July 25, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 24 — The BLET National Division has launched a new website — https://bletconvention.org — to provide key information to delegates, vendors and guests attending the union’s Fourth National Convention, which will be held October 1-4, 2018. The BLET’s Fourth National Convention will convene at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada,…

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Rio Tinto operates first driverless freight train

July 23, 2018

(Source: Railway Age 07-16-2018) Railroading entered a brave, new world as the first fully-autonomous freight train completed its initial run in Australia. Global mining conglomerate Rio Tinto marked the first delivery of iron ore by an autonomous train as part of its US$940 million AutoHaul program operating to its port facilities in Western Australia. On…

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BNSF rail service extended at Port of Portland

July 23, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 07/20/2018) The Port of Portland is continuing its Terminal 6 service with BNSF Railway Co. through mid-2019, as part of a larger focus to increase options to shippers at Terminal 6, port officials announced this week. The intermodal rail service, which began in January, moves containers by rail between Portland and the…

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Union Pacific CEO: First steel tariffs had an immediate and direct impact

July 20, 2018

(Source: CNBC, July 19, 2018) NEW YORK — In a television interview with CNBC, Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz discusses the rail operator’s quarterly earnings and the impact of the Trump administration’s trade policies on the business. Full story and video: CNBC Friday, July 20, 2018

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Union Pacific’s 2Q 2018 performance hurt by train crew shortages

July 20, 2018

(Source: Associated Press, July 19, 2018) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific hauled in 29 percent more second-quarter profit as the railroad handled 4 percent more shipments, but the results might have been better if not for some operational challenges. UP CEO Lance Fritz said the railroad’s performance was hurt by shortages of train crews and…

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Union Pacific reports Q2 2018 results

July 20, 2018

(Source: Union Pacific press release, July 19, 2018) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Corporation today reported 2018 second quarter net income of $1.5 billion, or a second quarter record $1.98 per diluted share. This compares to $1.2 billion, or $1.45 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2017. Second Quarter Results • Diluted earnings per…

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Open Enrollment for the BLET Short Term Disability On-The-Job (Part B) Coverage

July 20, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 16 — Open Enrollment for the BLET’s Short Term Disability On-The-Job (Part B) insurance has started and will end on July 31, 2018. Those who enroll will have their coverage take effect on August 1, 2018. If you are a locomotive engineer working on a participating railroad your Off-The-Job (Part A) coverage…

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Brother involved in tragic accident while on vacation

July 9, 2018

We are raising money for our friend and brother Shawn Fowler’s family that is left behind due to a tragic accident while on vacation. He was stopped helping a fellow friend that was broke down on a freeway in San Bernardino, CA and was the victim of a drive-by shooting. Shawn was the only provider…

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Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen continues fight to save American jobs on the Texas border

July 9, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 9 — On Friday afternoon, July 6, U.S. District Court Judge Diana Saldaña blocked a strike by members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) employed by the Texas Mexican Railway (Tex Mex), which was scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m. on July 9, by granting a Preliminary Injunction that…

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For 60 Years, This Powerful Conservative Group Has Worked to Crush Labor

July 9, 2018

(Source: thenation.com 07/05/18) Now the Janus decision has helped push the National Right to Work Committee and its sister organizations closer to that goal. By Moshe Z. Marvit July 5, 2018 Mark Janus, left, and Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL) speak to the press outside the US Supreme Court Building after the announcement of the Janus v. AFSCME decision. (AP…

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Class I railroads continue the longer-train trend

July 9, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading magazine, July 2018 issue) At any given time on Class Is’ networks, trains stretching from 10,000 to 15,000 feet long are snaking their way to a destination. Pulling well more than 100 cars, the trains are much longer than — and in some cases more than double the size of — a…

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AAR reports rail traffic for June and the week ending June 30, 2018

July 9, 2018

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, July 4, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 30, 2018, as well as volumes for June 2018. U.S. railroads originated 1,080,769 carloads in June 2018, up 2.0 percent, or 21,098 carloads, from June 2017. U.S.…

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How to make the most of your health plan coverage

Health care and health insurance is confusing and constantly changing.  It seems cliche to say that, but it’s true.  Which is exactly why you need to understand your health plan in order to maximize the benefits.  We’ve got some tips on how to do just that.

Myths about mental health issues

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only 17 percent of adults in the U.S. are in “optimal mental health.”  In fact, it is estimated that one in five people deal with some kind of mental health issue—anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc—that impacts our daily life.

The addiction of likes

No one can argue that social media—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc—has changed the way we interact.  And now enter the iGen (short for iGeneration), the post-millennials who will be born never knowing a world without an iPhone or Facebook.  (Note: I still remember my first phone, affectionately called ‘The Brick’ which I carried to and from my car like a purse.)

Nutrition label

What does a box of cereal, a bag of pretzels and a jar of salsa have in common? The answer is a nutrition facts label. Most all food and/or food packaging requires a nutrition facts label, although there are exceptions for things like fresh fruits, vegetables and fish or edible products that have little to zero nutritional value (food coloring or tea, as an example). While most people look at the nutrition facts label, the real question is, do they understand it?

Diabetes Care & UPREHS Benefits

Type 2 Diabetes is a serious disease and is a growing health crisis in the U.S.  But in most cases, Type 2 Diabetes is preventable—or reversible.  By taking simple, common sense steps, you can manage your disease and prevent more serious complications.

Health Insurance ID Card

Ever wonder what all the information means on your health insurance card?  What phone number do you call? Why is there a BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) logo? Who is OptumRx?  We’ve got a complete explanation of what it all means.

September is prostate cancer awareness month

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month so all month long, we’ll be providing you with resources and information on screening, treatment, risk factors and symptoms.

A new way to order prescriptions

As of Monday, August 27, 2018, UPREHS members should start ordering prescriptions and refills directly on the Depot Drug website, www.depotdrug.com.  Here is some important information about this pharmacy ordering change.

Health benefits of owning a pet

Sunday, August 26th is National Dog Day—the four-legged kind not the one that goes in a bun.  In honor of that, and being a dog-lover myself, I thought I’d explore the health benefits of man’s best friend.

What is a prior authorization and why it's important

Prior Authorization- Is it really necessary?

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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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