AAR: Freight rail traffic down 11.4 percent from 2016 for week ending January 7

January 14, 2017

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, January 11, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 7, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 441,417 carloads and intermodal units, down 11.4 percent compared with the same week last year.…

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Unions seek to overturn punitive New Jersey substance abuse law

January 13, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 9 — Two railroad labor unions have jointly filed a lawsuit to overturn a punitive New Jersey law that prohibits New Jersey Transit locomotive engineers from operating trains if their personal motor vehicle driver’s license is suspended. The unions argue that the state law, signed by Governor Chris Christie in late August…

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Union Pacific sues to force approval of Oregon track expansion

January 12, 2017

(Source: Associated Press, January 11, 2017) MOSIER, Ore. — Union Pacific on Tuesday asked a federal judge to reject local rules that threaten to derail its plans to add a second main track along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June. Full story: www.heraldnet.com Thursday, January 12, 2017

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A call to arms: Join me in our National Contract fight

December 26, 2016

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President (BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the November 2016 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 26 — In the days leading up to this month’s Newsletter going to print, a major development…

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Allen reelected Washington State Legislative Board Chairman

December 23, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 22 — Brother Shahraim C. Allen was reelected by acclamation to his second term as Chairman of the Washington State Legislative Board at its quadrennial meeting held in SeaTac, Wash., on November 16, 2016. Brother Allen is a member of BLET Division 238 (Tacoma, Wash.) who joined the Brotherhood on June 1,…

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Rail Labor seeks mediation to settle national contract talks

December 5, 2016

A PDF of this statement is available for download at: http://www.ble-t.org/pr/pdf/Press_Release_202016_1205.pdf Rail Labor’s Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) released the following statement on December 5, 2016: Despite our best efforts, collective bargaining with the major U.S. Class 1 railroads completely stalled late last week. Therefore, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Railway Labor Act,…

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Open enrollment begins December 1, 2016 for the BLET Short Term Disability Part B Plan

November 30, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 30, 2016 — Open Enrollment for 2017 under the BLET’s Short Term Disability Part B insurance plan begins on December 1, 2016 and will end December 30, 2016. Part B Plan coverage under this open enrollment will take effect on January 1, 2017. If you are a locomotive engineer working on a…

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FRA to issue advisory on sleep apnea, cameras

November 23, 2016

From progressiverailroading.com The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is finalizing an advisory to push railroads to begin testing train operators for obstructive sleep apnea. Agency officials will issue the safety advisory on screening and treatment for the condition following reports that the engineer of a New Jersey Transit commuter train was found to have the condition after the train he…

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Now Is The Time To Address Rail Worker Fatigue

November 9, 2016

(BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the October 2016 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 8 — On behalf of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, I applaud the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) for including rail…

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