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

UP laying off 475, cutting 200 contract jobs

October 25, 2018

(Source: Associated Press, October 24, 2018) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will lay off 475 railroad workers and eliminate another 200 contract jobs by the end of the year to further reduce its expenses.Full story: www.ktiv.com

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Get out and vote!

October 23, 2018
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Oregon eyes $1 billion plan to add passenger trains between Portland and Eugene

October 23, 2018

(Source: The Oregonian, October 19, 2018)  PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon wants to dramatically increase the number of passenger trains running between Portland and Eugene during the next 17 years, a proposal that could cost upwards of $1 billion to implement but officials say would give commuters a more reliable and convenient option other than driving.…

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Herrera Beutler introduces bill to reinstate ECP brake rule for oil trains

October 23, 2018

(Source: The Columbian, October 22, 2018)  VANCOUVER, Wash. — Making good on an earlier pledge, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, introduced legislation to reinstate safety regulations for oil trains. The Obama-era rules were rolled back by the Trump administration in September. The 2015 regulations require railroads to ensure trains with either crude oil or…

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Introduction to precision railroading, part 1: the industry’s savior or villain. Take your choice.

October 22, 2018

(Source: freightwaves.com 10/22/2018) October 22, 2018 Brian Bowers, contributor This article by FreightWaves advisor and intermodal consultant Brian Bowers is the first of three reviewing the controversial subject of precision railroading, an operational system and a management philosophy that in the railroad business today is leading to one question: which side are you on? Few…

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U.S. rail traffic growth continued in Week 41

October 19, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/18/2018) U.S. railroads logged a 1.7 percent increase in carload and intermodal traffic for the week ending Oct. 13 compared with traffic a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). U.S. carload traffic rose 0.4 percent to 263,787 carloads for the week, while intermodal volume increased 3 percent to…

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Las Vegas Railway Express changes name to United Rail

October 19, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/19/2018) Las Vegas Railway Express Inc. announced yesterday it is changing its name to United Rail Inc. The Las Vegas company — owner of the X Train brand and brand licensor — acquired United Rail in January. The name change is part of a plan to consolidate short lines and passenger-rail lines…

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AAR reports rail traffic for week ending October 6, 2018

October 12, 2018

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, October 10, 2018)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 6, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 554,238 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) Addresses Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen At 4th National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada

October 10, 2018
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Amtrak layoffs, service cuts would dismantle rail system, protesting workers say

October 10, 2018

(Source: www.amny.com, October 9, 2018)  NEW YORK — Amtrak workers rallied outside of Penn Station against what they fear will be a systematic dismantling of service quality and loss of thousands of middle-class jobs at the railroad. Amtrak president and CEO Richard Anderson is planning roughly 1,700 layoffs for the railroad’s onboard service workers, according…

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AAR: U.S. intermodal traffic set record in September

October 8, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/05/2018) U.S. rail traffic grew 4.4 percent to 2,194,211 carloads and intermodal units in September compared with the same month a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Railroads reported 1,066,826 carloads last month, up 2.6 percent, and 1,127,385 containers and trailers, up 6.2 percent, compared with traffic logged in…

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Cleanup efforts continue from Sunday’s derailment of UP train near Alton, Iowa

October 8, 2018

(Source: Sioux City Journal, September 24, 2018)  ALTON, Iowa — Cleanup efforts are continuing following a Sunday train derailment around Third and River streets in this Sioux County town. A bridge beneath a 95-car Union Pacific train collapsed, derailing 37 cars at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Twenty of those cars carrying soybean oil and sand went…

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Bipartisan group of 27 U.S. legislators urge DOT’s Chao to block KCS safety waiver that allows Mexican train crews to operate in U.S.

September 26, 2018

(BLET Editor’s Note: The following press release was issued by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.) WASHINGTON, D.C., September 18 — On September 17, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member Michael Capuano (D-MA) sent a bipartisan letter, signed by…

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Trump officials roll back Obama-era ECP brake rule

September 25, 2018

(Source: The Hill, September 24, 2018)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration on Monday repealed a mandate that would have required trains carrying crude oil to use special brakes with new technology. The Department of Transportation’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said it undertook a congressionally mandated analysis of the provision in a…

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TTD: Freight rail safety, jobs must not be jeopardized in pursuit of profits

September 23, 2018

(Source: Column by AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) President Larry I Willis, September 20, 2018)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is little disagreement among lawmakers, frontline workers, government agencies, and even rail carriers themselves that freight rail in this country must be held to the highest safety standards and oversight rules. Yet, as we speak, the Federal Railroad…

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AFL-CIO TTD: Building pro-worker momentum

September 14, 2018

(Source: AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) press release, September 12, 2018)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), gathered today to set an aggressive agenda focused on creating and sustaining the kind of good jobs working families want and need by strengthening America’s transportation network and improving workplace safety. This…

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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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