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

UPRR Releases List of Restricted Prescription Drugs

November 13, 2015

Attached, please find a copy of a letter under date of October 21, 2015 to the undersigned with an attachment listing prescription drugs that are restricted by the UPRR. An employee in a safety sensitive job is not allowed to work while using a prescription drug of concern. The letter includes the following directive: “Employees…

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Triennial election reminder: Filing results online

October 7, 2015

CLEVELAND, October 5 — As triennial elections continue to unfold nationwide for BLET Local Division officers, the BLET National Division reminds Secretary-Treasurers of their duty to report election results.  Nominations were to be held at each Division’s first regular meeting in September of 2015. Division Secretary-Treasurers, who serve as election officials for their Divisions, can…

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New Voluntary Group Insurance Plan for All WRGCA BLET Members

October 2, 2015

We are pleased to inform you that the BLET UP Western Region General Committee of Adjustment has instituted a voluntary group insurance plan which is available to all active dues paying members and officers. All BLET members of the UP Western Region are eligible to enroll. All of the available coverages are offered separately and…

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BLET President Pierce challenges railroads on fatigue, attendance policies

September 24, 2015

CLEVELAND, September 24 — Locomotive engineer fatigue remains a major safety issue in the railroad industry, and BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce challenged the CEOs of North America’s largest freight railroads to work with the BLET to help alleviate the issue. A less punitive approach to employee relations would go a long way toward…

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BLET families win eight Hoffa scholarships for 2015-2016 school year

September 23, 2015

CLEVELAND, September 22 — Eight BLET families were winners of scholarships from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund for the 2015-2016 academic year, including two top-level $10,000 recipients. The $10,000 awards are renewed on an annual basis. The $1,000 awards are one-time, non-renewable scholarships. Winners of $10,000 scholarships are: • Zane Thomas, son of…

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Meals in Multiple Hours of Service

September 2, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters: As you are aware, the Carrier has prevailed in its position that Extra Engineers performing Hours of Service Relief are not eligible for trip rate payments when dog catching trip rated service. In its submission to the National Disputes Committee, the Carrier argued that: “In calculation of trip rates for pools…

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MAPS system coming on line September 15th

September 2, 2015

M.A.P.S. (Managing Agreement Professionals for Success) is Union Pacific’s new replacement for the current UPGRADE policy and is scheduled to come online on September 15th.  You can read the policy and get the overview by looking under the downloads tab or by clicking here

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Q&A 18 Dispute Award

August 25, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters: This has reference to my memo to you of July 2, 2015 advising that the 2003 National Agreement Article V Disputes Committee had heard our dispute involving Q&A 18 claims payments of trip rates for extra engineers performing hours of service relief on trip rated jobs. I advised that I would let you…

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NTSB study: ECP brakes out-perform other systems

July 25, 2015

(Source: National Transportation Safety Board press release, July 23, 2015) WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its ongoing investigation of the derailment of a crude oil unit train in Casselton, North Dakota, today the National Transportation Safety Board produced a Train Braking Simulation Study, which it placed into the investigation docket. The study was prompted…

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Senate to debate 3-year delay of Positive Train Control

July 25, 2015

(Source: New York Times, July 23, 2015) WASHINGTON — Two months after the high-speed derailment of an Amtrak train killed eight people and injured hundreds more in Philadelphia, a Senate transportation bill headed for debate this week calls for a three-year delay of the deadline for installing a rail safety system that experts say would…

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On the Right Track: 2015 Triennial Election manual now online

July 14, 2015

CLEVELAND, July 14 — The 2015 edition of “On the Right Track,” the Local Division nomination and election procedure manual, is now available for download from the BLET website. Triennial elections for BLET Divisions are being held this year, and nominations will be held at each Division’s first regular meeting in September of 2015. The…

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BLET announces restructured Safety Task Force

June 26, 2015

CLEVELAND, June 26 — The BLET National Division is restructuring its Safety Task Force (STF), BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce announced today. The group will maintain a list of Primary Investigators, as in the past, but has eliminated its list of secondary volunteers. National Secretary-Treasurer Stephen J. Bruno will continue serving as Chairman of…

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President Pierce discusses two-person train crews and safety in radio interview

May 29, 2015

CLEVELAND, May 29 — On May 27, BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce conducted an interview with America’s Work Force, a daily labor-radio program. Among other items, President Pierce discussed the BLET’s efforts to maintain two-person train crews in the rail industry, H.R. 1763 (the Safe Freight Act), and the ongoing battle to resist single-person…

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December 2, 2013 HOS Manual

May 22, 2015

The following is the Hours of Service Compliance Manual put out by the Federal Railroad Administration dated December 2, 2013.  It is a large file but it contains a lot of good information. HOS Manual Final 120213

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BLET statement on Amtrak train 188 derailment

May 17, 2015

CLEVELAND, May 16 — As part of its party status agreement with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) does not make official comments about the details of any ongoing accident investigation, nor does BLET speculate on the events that may have contributed to such an accident during…

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Qualification for Personal Leave Days

May 12, 2015

Please review Appendix 62 (link below) to aid you in determining if you are being properly credited your starts to earn your personal leave days (PL).  Remember on UPRR Engineers are required to have 180 starts in the year to qualify.  In the Q&A section of Appendix 62 is an example to help you in…

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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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