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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
(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…Read More
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,…Read More
Elizabeth Weise and Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY 9:32 a.m. EST February 21, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually. The breakthrough came after nine months of negotiations…Read More
CLEVELAND, February 19 — A perennial threat to organized labor and the American middle class is once again making an appearance in state legislatures throughout the United States. Our elected officials at the state level have taken it upon themselves to consider anti-union legislation called “Right To Work” or “Freedom To Work.” While this phrase…Read More
CLEVELAND, February 15 — Dennis Pierce, National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and President of the Teamsters Rail Conference (U.S.), blasted Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) today for its growing culture of threats and intimidation toward its employees in the U.S. and Canada. Pierce commented following CP’s issuance of a letter to…Read More
CLEVELAND, February 13 — Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. Numerous financial aid opportunities are published here in the 2015 BLET Scholarship Directory. The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for each…Read More
West Coast port operators the Pacific Maritime Association said they won’t hire crews to load or unload ships Thursday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday in continuing labor-contract struggles. By JUSTIN PRITCHARD The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Troubles on the West Coast waterfront are getting worse. Amid an increasingly damaging labor dispute, 29 West Coast seaports…Read More
Earlier this week Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield was involved in a cyber attack. Attached is the press release that has been posted on the UPREHS website and we have sent this letter to those UPREHS members for whom we have e-mail addresses. We will provide updates as we know have more information. UPREHS Anthem Phishing…Read More
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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