Train route from Seattle to Eugene could be in jeopardy

March 29, 2015

The Oregon Department of Transportation may not have enough money next year to continue providing Amtrak rail service between Portland and Eugene, according to budget discussions in the Oregon Capitol. Gov. John Kitzhaber had set aside $10.4 million to keep the “Cascades” route operating, even as the federal government phases out its funding for routes…

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BLET urges Senators to oppose PTC extension

March 25, 2015

CLEVELAND, March 25 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced today that it strongly opposes S. 650, the Railroad Safety and Positive Train Control Extension Act, which is expected to be voted on in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation within hours. Positive Train Control (PTC) is a technology that…

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BLET purchases new headquarters building

March 20, 2015

CLEVELAND, March 20 — The National Division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen has purchased a new headquarters building in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, Ohio. The new location fulfills the BLET Bylaws requirement that the National Division headquarters be located in the greater Cleveland area. The BLET sold its former headquarters, the…

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An important deadline and message about the BLET’s MetLife Part B Occupational Disability Plan

March 11, 2015

CLEVELAND, March 11 — An important deadline is coming up on March 31, 2015, for those members currently participating in the BLET’s MetLife Part B Occupational Disability Plan (“Part B Plan”). Due to changes in the provisions of Brotherhood law governing the handling of insurance premiums, BLET Division Secretary-Treasurers may no longer collect insurance premiums…

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Railroad Retirement Survivor Benefits

March 6, 2015

(Source: U.S. Railroad Retirement Board press release, February 23, 2015) CHICAGO — Monthly benefits may be payable under the Railroad Retirement Act to the surviving widow(er), children, and certain other dependents of a railroad employee if the employee was “insured” under that Act at the time of death. Lump-sum death benefits may also be payable…

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Data Breach Update

March 4, 2015

Update from UPREHS please find a copy of a letter that was mailed to the UPREHS members today updating them on the Anthem Cyber attack. UPREHS Members 030315 Anthem Cyber Attack update

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RRB announces Spring 2015 dates for informational conferences and new pre-retirement seminars

February 26, 2015

CLEVELAND, February 26 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced a schedule of dates for the agency’s spring 2015 Informational Conferences and Pre-Retirement Seminars. Informational Conferences will be held in 22 locations across the country, beginning March 13 in California. Started nearly 60 years ago by the RRB’s Office of the Labor Member,…

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Deal reached in West Coast dockworkers dispute

February 21, 2015

Elizabeth Weise and Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY 9:32 a.m. EST February 21, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually. The breakthrough came after nine months of negotiations…

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Right To Work battle may be coming to your state

February 19, 2015

CLEVELAND, February 19 — A perennial threat to organized labor and the American middle class is once again making an appearance in state legislatures throughout the United States. Our elected officials at the state level have taken it upon themselves to consider anti-union legislation called “Right To Work” or “Freedom To Work.” While this phrase…

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