National Negotiations update: Coordinated Bargaining Group unions reach tentative national contract agreement

October 5, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 5 — Rail Unions making up the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) announced today that they have reached a Tentative National Agreement with the Nation’s Freight Rail Carriers. The CBG is comprised of six unions: the American Train Dispatchers Association; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (a Division of the Rail Conference…

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STB to review rules on ex parte communication

October 3, 2017

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/03/2017) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has proposed to update its rules on ex parte communications in informal rulemaking proceedings, the agency announced last week. The board has proposed allowing such communications, subject to disclosure requirements, and clarifying when and how people may communicate with the board about other pending proceedings, according to an…

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Portland port obtains federal grant to upgrade security

October 3, 2017

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/23/2017) The Port of Portland will receive a $1.25 million federal grant to upgrade marine terminal security systems. The port will use the grant to rebuild key components of the security systems at terminals 4 and 6, port officials announced in a press release. Specifically, the port will renew antiquated closed circuit television cameras…

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Rail industry slow on safety upgrade for fleets carrying oil and ethanol

October 3, 2017

(Source: De Smog Blog, October 1, 2017) NEW YORK — A new government report finds that only 9 percent of all the rail tank cars transporting flammable liquids last year met the stricter safety requirements of regulations set in 2015, which were meant to reduce oil train explosions and accidents. This confirms what DeSmog reported…

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RRB Q&A: Acting for impaired Railroad Retirement beneficiaries

October 3, 2017

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, October 2, 2017) CHICAGO — According to Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) policy, every annuitant has the right to manage his or her own benefits. However, when physical or mental impairments make a railroad retirement annuitant incapable of properly handling benefit payments, or where the RRB determines that the interests of…

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Man clings to side of 99 mph German train for 15 miles after accidentally leaving luggage inside

October 3, 2017

(Source: Independent, October 1, 2017) LONDON — A man survived clinging onto the side of a German high speed train for 15 miles, officials have said. The Romanian man, realizing he had left his luggage on the train in Bielefeld, north Germany, jumped onto a ledge on the side of the train, which travelled at…

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Michael Kelliher selected as NMB’s Acting Chief of Staff

October 3, 2017

(Source: National Mediation Board press release, October 2, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Mediation Board (NMB) is pleased to announce that Michael Kelliher has been selected as the Acting Chief of Staff, temporarily replacing Mr. Daniel Rainey who left the Board on September 30, 2017. Mr. Kelliher will continue in that role until a new…

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Government lawyers blame three ex-railway employees for causing Lac-Megantic disaster

October 3, 2017

(Source: Canadian Press, October 2, 2017) MONTREAL — Train driver Thomas Harding knows he’s partly responsible for the Lac-Megantic rail disaster that killed 47 people, but he did what he was told to do and the tragedy flowed from bad company policy, his lawyer said Monday on the first day of trial. Full story: CTV News…

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BLET Officers Election rules and forms now available

October 3, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, September 25 — Pursuant to Section 48 of the National Division Bylaws, the National Secretary-Treasurer is charged with supervising the election of National Division officers. The duties of the National Secretary-Treasurer shall include the supervision of all phases of the National Division officer election in accordance with the BLET Bylaws, the IBT Constitution, and…

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