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

Feds seek new rules to mitigate oil train derailments

July 15, 2016

(Source: The Hill, July 14, 2016) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal regulators are proposing new rules aimed at mitigating the effects of derailments, spills and explosions of oil trains. Full story: The Hill Friday, July 15, 2016

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RRB Issuing Statements of Service

July 15, 2016

From RRB Press Release (PR 16-3 May 2016) Each year, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) prepares a “Certificate of Service Months and Compensation” (Form BA-6) for every railroad employee who had creditable railroad compensation in the previous calendar year. The RRB will mail the forms to employees during the first half of June. While…

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RRB: Dual benefit payments

July 15, 2016

(Source: U.S. Railroad Retirement Board press release, June 15, 2016) CHICAGO — The payment of a railroad retirement annuity can be affected by entitlement to social security benefits, as well as certain other government benefits. Such dual entitlement, if not reported to the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), can result in benefit overpayments which have to…

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NTSB explains why it did not investigate Mosier oil train derailment

July 9, 2016

(Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting, July 7, 2016) MOSIER, Ore. — The National Transportation Safety Board has responded to letter from Oregon’s senators about why it did not investigate last month’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge, saying its limited staff likely would not have gleaned any new safety recommendations from examining the incident.…

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BLET to host a GCA ST UnionTrack training class

July 9, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 29 — The BLET’s Education and Training Department is hosting a GCA Secretary-Treasurer Training Class for UnionTrack in the Training Center in Independence, Ohio, from August 9-11, 2016. Space in the class will be filled by those GCA Secretary-Treasurers who register online on a first come first serve basis. Attendance is limited…

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Teamster 29th International Convention Day 4

July 1, 2016

Day four was both educational and entertaining. After the opening rituals, nominations were accepted for the positions of General President and General Secretary Treasurer. It is very evident who the overwhelming majority supports. If you could not tell from the sea of red vests, the deafening noise will seal the deal. For the Hoffa/Hall slate…

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Teamster 29th International Convention Day 3

July 1, 2016

An addition to the Day 2 report is needed. During the afternoon session of the convention the attendees were informed about the BNSF head-on collision that occurred earlier in the morning near Panhandle, Texas, by National President Pierce. Three of the crew members involved in the incident are BLET members. There was a moment of…

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2nd day of Teamsters convention

June 29, 2016

I need to make two corrections to my day 1 report. The merger between Sysco (not Cisco) and US foods was halted as a result of the IBT’s opposition.  Also, the monetary fines issued some nations exceeded their GDP, not annual economic revenue, as I stated. Now on to Day 2. The focus of the day was Organizing in North America and…

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Report for Teamsters 29th International Convention Day 1

June 28, 2016

The Teamsters 29th International Convention opened on Monday with the same motivating spirit we have become accustomed to. The opening started with a quartet of woman violinists, a drummer and guitarist playing Led Zeppelin, Journey and AC/DC music while Teamsters rally and members were shown on all the conventions Halls oversized big screens. (I posted…

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Federal regulators must prohibit one-person freight train crews

June 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16 — John Previsich, president of SMART Transportation Division and Dennis Pierce, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, issued this statement following the joint submission of comments responding to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a minimum size for train crews. “Operating freight trains with one-person…

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Pierce: PTC, two-person crews will help make rail industry safer

June 11, 2016

(The following is a statement from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce regarding the National Transportation Safety Board’s findings into the crash of Amtrak train 188. A synopsis of the NTSB’s report is here: http://www.ble-t.org/pr/pdf/DCA15MR010_Abstract.pdf.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 19 — On May 17, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its findings regarding the catastrophic…

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BLET members: Important notice regarding Health and Welfare rates

June 11, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 8 — All active BLET members are advised that effective July 1, 2016, the monthly employee cost-sharing contributions under the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan will increase to $228.89. As of July 1, 2012, the employee contribution to Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan was frozen at $198.00 per…

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FRA Clarification of “Smartwatch” Rule

June 8, 2016

The question from BLET: May an employee wear a device like a “Garmin Vivofit” or “Fitbit” wristband that acts like a watch, and counts the steps that an individual takes each day?  The devices are not searching for the internet, or Wifi, to do this and must be synchronized with Bluetooth on a separate device. …

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Ratification Results and Pre-Arrangement Agreement

June 1, 2016

Ratification results for the vacation administration, pre-arrangement of PL and Single Vacation Days pilot, and preponderance of service/local chairman vacation float agreements. [pdf-embedder url=”https://wrgca.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/21406-Memo-052716-Ratif-Results-Vacation-Agrmnts-w-att.pdf”] Pre-Arrangement Overview [pdf-embedder url=”https://wrgca.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Pre-Arranged-TEY-Overview-edited-for-Engineers.pdf”]

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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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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.

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