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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 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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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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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.

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?

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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.

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