New accidental death and dismemberment insurance benefits provided by BLET

July 6, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 30 — The BLET National Division provides all active and retired members with an Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) benefit at no cost to the member. The National Division is pleased to announce that as of June 1, 2017, this benefit is now being provided through Berkley Accident and Health Insurance Company,…

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General Chairman Steve Leyshon ~ Weekly Update 06/30/2017

June 30, 2017
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AAR: Rail traffic up 3.6 percent over 2016 for week ending June 24

June 30, 2017

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, June 28, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 24, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 544,694 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.6 percent compared with the same week last year.…

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BLET members vote to authorize strike at Wheeling & Lake Erie

June 30, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 29 — One hundred percent of voting BLET members working for the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (WLE) have voted in favor of withdrawing from service should the union and the railroad fail to reach an agreement to settle their contract dispute under processes set forth in the Railway Labor Act (RLA).…

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Union Pacific CEO sees growth with Mexico, Trump rhetoric aside

June 29, 2017

(Source: Bloomberg, June 28, 2017) NEW YORK — Union Pacific Corp. sees Mexico trade as a bright spot for its rail freight growth despite tough trade talk from President Donald Trump, said Chief Executive Officer Lance Fritz. Full story: Bloomberg Thursday, June 29, 2017

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U.S. back-to-school shipments returning to normal: Union Pacific CEO

June 29, 2017

Lance Fritz, chief executive officer of Union Pacific, speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (source: reuters.com  Jun 28, 2017) By Sophia Kunthara U.S. retailers may see a much-needed boost from the coming back-to-school shopping season if the pickup in incoming merchandise traffic from Asia seen by the largest…

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Oregon oil train bill moves ahead, with key regulation removed

June 29, 2017

(Source: KUOW, June 28, 2017) SEATTLE, Wash. — For the second time since 2015, the Oregon Legislature has stripped language out of a bill that would have increased the state’s regulation of oil trains. Oregon has the weakest regulations among West Coast states. Full story: www.kuow.org Thursday, June 29, 2017

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UP confident Trump will do ‘right thing’ on NAFTA

June 29, 2017

(Source: Reuters, June 28, 2017) NEW YORK — The head of the largest U.S. railroad said on Wednesday that based on conversations with officials from President Donald Trump’s administration including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, he is confident upcoming talks will result in a “more effective” North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Full story: Reuters Thursday,…

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Bill would create dedicated funding for freight infrastructure

June 27, 2017

(source: progressiverailroading.com) U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) last week introduced a bipartisan bill that would create a dedicated funding source for freight-related infrastructure projects. H.R. 3001, the National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act, would build on the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which outlines for the first time a national freight policy, according…

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BLET UP Western Region Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is NOW through July 31st, 2017. Coverage begins on August 1st, 2017.

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