UP-WRGCA Delegates to the BLET  4th National Convention in Las Vegas
UP-WRGCA Delegates to the BLET 4th National Convention in Las Vegas

BLET regional meeting reminder: Hotel deadline is June 16 for Chicago, July 11 for Long Beach

June 1, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 26 — Registration continues for the BLET’s two regional meetings in 2016 — July 11-14 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, and August 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California. Both meetings will be filled with educational opportunities and entertaining leisure time activities. In Chicago, guests will stay at…

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Two person crews are the safest

May 10, 2016

(BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the Winter 2015 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Journal.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 9 — For well more than half a century railroads have used locomotive and train control technology to eliminate operating craft jobs. Whether it…

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Palmer reelected to fifth term as Oregon State Legislative Board Chairman

May 10, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 6 — Brother Scott G. Palmer, Division 842 (Klamath Falls, Oregon) was reelected by acclamation to a fifth term as Chairman of the Oregon State Legislative Board at the Board’s triennial meeting in Portland, Oregon, on May 3, 2016. A BNSF locomotive engineer, Brother Palmer hired out with the Burlington Northern in…

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BLET/UP Western Region New Member Open Enrollment for Short Term Coverage

May 8, 2016

Open Enrollment is NOW through May 31st, 2016. Coverage begins on 6/1/2016. Click here to view more information and rates. Click Here to Enroll We are pleased to inform you that the BLET/UP Western Region is currently in a new member open enrollment with Lincoln Financial Group. All of the available coverages are offered separately and…

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UP to make Texas infrastructure improvements

May 5, 2016

(Source: Union Pacific press release, May 2, 2016) SPRING, Texas — Union Pacific plans to invest $513 million in 2016 to improve Texas’s transportation infrastructure. The company’s multi-million dollar private investment will enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase rail operating efficiency. Freight railroads like Union Pacific operate on track built and maintained without…

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NTSB: Ineffective inspection, maintenance practices, oversight led to D.C. Metrorail fatality in 2015

May 5, 2016

(Source: National Transportation Safety Board press release, May 3, 2016) WASHINGTON, D.C. — A short circuit on Washington’s Metrorail system that caused thick smoke to fill a stranded train, killing one passenger and injuring 91 people on Jan. 12, 2015, was the result of WMATA failing to follow its own safety procedures and inadequate safety…

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BLET dedicates new National Division headquarters building

April 18, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 15 — Approximately 150 members, officers, dignitaries and guests were in attendance yesterday at a dedication ceremony for the new National Division headquarters building of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) in Independence, Ohio. Headquartered in downtown Cleveland since 1870, the BLET is the oldest labor union in North America.…

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Comparison of benefits under Railroad Retirement and Social Security

March 29, 2016

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, March 8, 2016) CHICAGO — Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay higher retirement taxes than those covered by the Social Security Act, so that railroad retirement benefits remain higher than social security benefits, especially for “career” employees who have 30 or more years of service. The…

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FRA advances rulemaking for two-person train crews

March 17, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 15 — On Tuesday, March 15, The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. FRA’s proposed rule provides compelling reasons trains should be crewed by at least two persons. BLET applauds…

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Pre-Arrangement of Compensated Time Off Update

March 11, 2016

As many of you know, I have been working for some time to reach agreements with the UPRR addressing issues with the administration of vacations, getting access to pre-arrangement of PL & Single Vacation Days, and adjusting the preponderance of service/local chairman vacation float agreement. The process has been ongoing since the vacation administration agreement proposal failed to…

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Federal Railroad Administration seeks comments on train horn rules

March 8, 2016

Congressmen applaud move to address quality-of-life concerns By John Fryar Staff Writer ~ www.timescall.com A BNSF train travels down tracks that divide Atwood Street in Longmont. The Federal Railroad Administration will take public comments on its train horn rules starting Monday. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer timescall.com) Train horn rules The Federal Railroad Administration is inviting…

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Reminder: Applications for 2016 Hoffa scholarships due March 31

March 8, 2016

CLEVELAND, March 3 — As a reminder, the deadline for receipt of completed materials for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is March 31, 2016. Completed materials should be mailed to the BLET’s new headquarters building: BLET National Division ATTN: National Secretary-Treasurer 7061 East Pleasant Valley Road Independence, OH 44131 Applicants must be a…

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Union Pacific workers file class action Americans With Disabilities Act complaint against railroad

March 1, 2016

(Source: Nichols Kaster, PLLP press release, February 29, 2016) SEATTLE, Wash. — On February 19, 2016, six current and former employees of Union Pacific Railroad Company filed a class action lawsuit in the Western District of Washington at Seattle (Case No. CV15-1865JCC), asserting that Union Pacific engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination in violation…

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RRB announces dates of Spring 2016 Pre-Retirement Seminars

February 10, 2016

CLEVELAND, February 10 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced the dates and locations of the agency’s spring 2016 Pre-Retirement Seminars. Designed for railroad employees and spouses planning to retire within five years or less, Pre-Retirement Seminars will familiarize attendees with the retirement benefits available to them, and also guide them through the…

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Celebration of life for Juan (Juanito, John) Rodriguez

February 5, 2016

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BLET petitions FRA for immediate halt to LEADER, Trip Optimizer technology

February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND, February 5 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has asked the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for an emergency order that would immediately prohibit the carrier-mandated use of Locomotive Engineer Assist/Display & Event Recorder (LEADER) and Trip Optimizer technologies. The BLET contends that the mandated use of these electronic devices creates unsafe…

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Avoiding the festive 15

Having the willpower to avoid the cookie aisle at the grocery store on a “normal” day is tough. Avoiding the aisle, end caps and special displays during the holiday season, well that requires super human strength.  If you’ve ever been tempted to skip a glass and drink straight from a bowl of eggnog at your company holiday party, fear not.  I have some suggestions you can follow to help avoid the dreaded Festive 15 lbs!

Food for your mood: Eat your way to happy

Do not let the title of this article fool you.  I do not mean eating your way through the menu at McDonald’s or polishing off an entire pumpkin pie at an upcoming holiday dinner (but if wishing made it so). I’m talking about foods that help boost your mood.

How to make the most of your health plan coverage

Health care and health insurance is confusing and constantly changing.  It seems cliche to say that, but it’s true.  Which is exactly why you need to understand your health plan in order to maximize the benefits.  We’ve got some tips on how to do just that.

Myths about mental health issues

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only 17 percent of adults in the U.S. are in “optimal mental health.”  In fact, it is estimated that one in five people deal with some kind of mental health issue—anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc—that impacts our daily life.

The addiction of likes

No one can argue that social media—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc—has changed the way we interact.  And now enter the iGen (short for iGeneration), the post-millennials who will be born never knowing a world without an iPhone or Facebook.  (Note: I still remember my first phone, affectionately called ‘The Brick’ which I carried to and from my car like a purse.)

Nutrition label

What does a box of cereal, a bag of pretzels and a jar of salsa have in common? The answer is a nutrition facts label. Most all food and/or food packaging requires a nutrition facts label, although there are exceptions for things like fresh fruits, vegetables and fish or edible products that have little to zero nutritional value (food coloring or tea, as an example). While most people look at the nutrition facts label, the real question is, do they understand it?

Diabetes Care & UPREHS Benefits

Type 2 Diabetes is a serious disease and is a growing health crisis in the U.S.  But in most cases, Type 2 Diabetes is preventable—or reversible.  By taking simple, common sense steps, you can manage your disease and prevent more serious complications.

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.


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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