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February 2019
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BLET Newsletter

Knife River Corp., Portland & Western Railroad host U.S. Rep. Schrader

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/29/2017) About a half million tons of aggregates are shipped by rail annually to serve Knife River ...
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Democrats introduce bill mandating sleep apnea testing

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/29/2017) U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)Photo – Members of Congress representing New York and New Jersey ...
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Communities aim to control oil train spills on Columbia River

(Source: Tri-City Herald, September 27, 2017) PASCO, Wash. — Ten to 15 times a week, a train carrying 3.5 million ...
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Health FSA open enrollment for 2018 begins October 1

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 26 — Open enrollment for the Health Flexible Spending Account Plan (FSA) 2018 benefit year runs from October ...
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Genesee & Wyoming has multiplied holdings a hundredfold since 1977 by employing a carefully crafted acquisition strategy

(source: Progressive Railroading September 2017) In 2005, Mortimer Fuller III posed in front of a Portland & Western Railroad (PNWR) ...
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STB: Class Is employed fewer workers in August

(source: Progressive Railroading 09/22/2017) Class Is employed 147,319 employees as of mid-August, down 3.56 percent year-over-year and 0.15 percent compared ...
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AAR: U.S. traffic volume tumbled in week 37

(source: Progressive Railroading 09/21/2017) After registering gains for most weeks in 2017, total U.S. rail traffic declined in the year's ...
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Bill to repeal right-to-work nationwide introduced in Senate

(Source: Washington Examiner, September 21, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday to repeal all state right-to-work laws, ...
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Four rail hazmat training classes available

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 20 — The Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program is hosting four rail worker training sessions in ...
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Port Tampa Bay OKs pact to fund channel expansion

(source: Progressive Railroading 09/20/2017) A public-private partnership agreement will determine how the expansion is funded.Photo – Port Tampa Bay's ...
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Public infrastructure for public benefit

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President (Editor’s Note: The following editorial by President Pierce was published in the Washington Times on ...
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South Carolina port hosts giant ship, announces dredging contract

(source: Progressive Railroading 09/15/2017) The Army Corps has awarded a $47 million construction contract to begin dredging work.Photo – South ...
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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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