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BLET Newsletter

Crude oil shipments from Canada to U.S. to jump 60% in 2018

(Source: Reuters, January 5, 2018) HOUSTON — Canadian crude shipments to the United States by rail could rise more than ...
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FRA proposes delay in safety training requirements

(Source: Progressive Railroading, January 9, 2018) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has proposed delaying by an additional year the dates ...
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James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund begins accepting applications from sons and daughters of Teamsters for 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 8 — The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for 2018. The deadline ...
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The BLET Auxiliary is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 School Year. 

The BLET Auxiliary Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships to qualifying students who wish to pursue higher education. The Auxiliary also ...
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NTSB preliminary report says PTC likely would have prevented Washington state Amtrak derailment; Damage estimate tops $40 million

(Source: Reuters, January 4, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The damage from a deadly Amtrak train crash in Washington state in ...
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Registration continues for February’s LM-2 class

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 4 — Space remains for the BLET Education and Training Department’s upcoming class for Secretary-Treasurers who file ...
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BLET Action Alert: Republican tax bill on track to put Railroad Retirement Unemployment & Sickness benefits in the siding

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 15 — The Republican tax bill currently working its way through the House and the Senate could ...
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“Be Strong:” International rail organizations extend solidarity, condolences following Amtrak crash in Washington State

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 21 — Three international rail worker Organizations have sent letters of solidarity, support and sympathy to the ...
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AAR: November 2017 rail traffic up 2.9 percent over November 2016

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, December 6, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported ...
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Union Pacific showcases drone program, plans

(Source: Occupational Health & Safety, December 8, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — An online article about Union Pacific's use of drones ...
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USDOT opts to repeal ECP brake rulemaking

Source: Progressive Railroading 12/05/2017 ECP brakes would have been required on certain tank cars.Photo – Railway Supply Institute Yesterday, the U.S. ...
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BLET members ratify national contract

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 1 — Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective ...
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Depot Drug and UPREHS are pleased to announce a new free meter program for non-Medicare members. 

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.


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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