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On the Right Track: 2015 Triennial Election manual now online

July 14, 2015

CLEVELAND, July 14 — The 2015 edition of “On the Right Track,” the Local Division nomination and election procedure manual, is now available for download from the BLET website. Triennial elections for BLET Divisions are being held this year, and nominations will be held at each Division’s first regular meeting in September of 2015. The…

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BLET announces restructured Safety Task Force

June 26, 2015

CLEVELAND, June 26 — The BLET National Division is restructuring its Safety Task Force (STF), BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce announced today. The group will maintain a list of Primary Investigators, as in the past, but has eliminated its list of secondary volunteers. National Secretary-Treasurer Stephen J. Bruno will continue serving as Chairman of…

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President Pierce discusses two-person train crews and safety in radio interview

May 29, 2015

CLEVELAND, May 29 — On May 27, BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce conducted an interview with America’s Work Force, a daily labor-radio program. Among other items, President Pierce discussed the BLET’s efforts to maintain two-person train crews in the rail industry, H.R. 1763 (the Safe Freight Act), and the ongoing battle to resist single-person…

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December 2, 2013 HOS Manual

May 22, 2015

The following is the Hours of Service Compliance Manual put out by the Federal Railroad Administration dated December 2, 2013.  It is a large file but it contains a lot of good information. HOS Manual Final 120213

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BLET statement on Amtrak train 188 derailment

May 17, 2015

CLEVELAND, May 16 — As part of its party status agreement with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) does not make official comments about the details of any ongoing accident investigation, nor does BLET speculate on the events that may have contributed to such an accident during…

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Qualification for Personal Leave Days

May 12, 2015

Please review Appendix 62 (link below) to aid you in determining if you are being properly credited your starts to earn your personal leave days (PL).  Remember on UPRR Engineers are required to have 180 starts in the year to qualify.  In the Q&A section of Appendix 62 is an example to help you in…

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BLET marks 152nd anniversary today

May 8, 2015

CLEVELAND, May 8 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen proudly celebrates its 152nd anniversary today. The union was founded as the Brotherhood of the Footboard on May 8, 1863 in Marshall, Mich. In 1864, the union changed its name to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE), the name it retained for 140 years until…

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Manager operating trains – Eugene, OR

May 4, 2015

Below is an email that was sent from General Chairman Dayton to Mr. Castagna, Vice President UPRR – WR regarding a UPRR MOP forcing engineers out of the seat in order to operate trains. Dear Mr. Castagna: Attached, please find a courtesy copy of a letter that will be mailed to you today hard copy advising…

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New Timetable Available

April 28, 2015

Portland & Western Railroad Timetable Version 10 now available Portland & Western Railroad Time Table 10

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Court victory vindicates BLET position on two-person train crews

April 21, 2015

CLEVELAND, April 21 — In a major legal victory to protect two-person train crews, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled in favor of BLET’s position that the Wheeling & Lake Erie’s use of managers in place of Union conductors is a major dispute under the Railway Labor Act. The ruling…

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Doug Horstman, former Oregon State Legislative Board Chairman, 1954-2014

April 16, 2015

CLEVELAND, April 15 — Douglas S. Horstman, former Chairman of the BLET’s Oregon State Legislative Board, passed away after an extended illness on April 6, 2015. Brother Horstman, 60, was a Union Pacific locomotive engineer who joined BLET Division 362 (La Grande, Ore.) on May 1, 1977. He held continuous membership in the BLET until…

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Acting for impaired Railroad Retirement beneficiaries

April 7, 2015

(Source: U.S. Railroad retirement Board press release, March 27, 2015) 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…

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BLET to host Secretary-Treasurer Class in June 2015

April 3, 2015

CLEVELAND, April 2 — The BLET’s Education and Training Department is hosting an expanded Secretary-Treasurer Training Class at its new Training Center in Cleveland from June 1-4, 2015. All Division Secretary-Treasurers, Division Presidents, State Legislative Board Secretary-Treasurers and General Committee of Adjustment Secretary-Treasurers are invited to attend. Attendance is limited to the first 25 who…

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UPRR New Rule Book Update Available

April 2, 2015

On April 1, 2015 UPRR released the latest version of the GCOR rule book. Make sure you update your rule books to the current version. UPRR 2015 GCOR 040115 UPRR Sys GO 040115 UPRR 2015 SSI 040115

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BLET Auxiliary Scholarships are due April 1!

March 30, 2015

For more information on qualifications, instructions for applying, and to download an application form, please go to the BLET Auxiliary’s website at www.bletauxiliary.net

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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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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?

Is dependent supplemental coverage right for you?

Let’s be honest.  Healthcare is expensive.  Even if you have health insurance, most plans have annual deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses like copayments.  If you don’t relish having to pay unexpected medical expenses, the UPREHS Dependent Supplemental Plan (DSP) might be for you.

Why relaxation is good for your health

Relaxation (re lak seishen)

Vaccinations: They aren't just for kids

August is National Immunization month, so all month long, we’ll be highlighting the importance of getting immunizations, even as an adult.  Even if you’ve had childhood vaccinations, you should get them boosted as an adult.

National Watermelon Day: Health Benefits of Watermelon

In honor of National Watermelon Day (yes, that is actually a thing), we thought we’d share a little information about the health benefits of watermelon, along with a simple recipe you can pair with just about anything.

Top of EOB

First, it would probably be helpful if I explained what EOB stands for.  EOB is short for Explanation of Benefits.  You may also see it described as Explanation of Medical Benefits, but it is universally referred to as an EOB.

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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.

Disclaimer: This website is not affiliated with Union Pacific Railroad, and the information contained within these web pages may not reflect the views or opinions of the Union Pacific Railroad.

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