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

BLET purchases new headquarters building

March 20, 2015

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…

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An important deadline and message about the BLET’s MetLife Part B Occupational Disability Plan

March 11, 2015

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…

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Railroad Retirement Survivor Benefits

March 6, 2015

(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…

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Data Breach Update

March 4, 2015

Update from UPREHS please find a copy of a letter that was mailed to the UPREHS members today updating them on the Anthem Cyber attack. UPREHS Members 030315 Anthem Cyber Attack update

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RRB announces Spring 2015 dates for informational conferences and new pre-retirement seminars

February 26, 2015

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,…

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Deal reached in West Coast dockworkers dispute

February 21, 2015

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…

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Right To Work battle may be coming to your state

February 19, 2015

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…

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BLET President blasts CP for unsafe rail practices and threatening employees

February 15, 2015

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…

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2015 BLET Scholarship Directory

February 13, 2015

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…

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West Coast ports mostly shut for 4 of next 5 days as longshore dispute drags on

February 12, 2015

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…

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Email Phishing Scam Directed Toward Anthem Members

February 8, 2015

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…

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Response to UPRR regarding Short Crew Allowance

February 2, 2015

The following letter was sent by General Chairman Jim Dayton on Febuary 2, 2015 to Labor Relations regarding the ongoing dispute with the Carrier’s non payment of Short Crew Allowance. Download the letter 21448 – JLD-BEW Short Crew Allwnce dispt 020215 Dear Ms. Wilderman: This has reference to our several discussions in conference regarding the Carrier’s…

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BLET to conduct Local Chairman Workshop in March

January 28, 2015

CLEVELAND, January 28 — The BLET Education and Training Department will conduct a workshop for Local Chairmen from March 22-27, 2015, at the BLET Training Center in Cleveland. The workshop is designed to help Local Chairmen develop and hone the skills necessary to provide better representation to their members. The week-long course will begin with…

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2014 BLET Bylaws available online

January 21, 2015

CLEVELAND, January 21 — An electronic copy of the 2014 edition of the BLET Bylaws, along with a 9-page matrix listing changes from the 2010 edition, are now available in the Members Area of the Brotherhood’s website. The Bylaws and the matrix are available for download and printing as a PDF, and reflect changes approved by delegates…

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BLET Advisory Board installed

January 2, 2015

CLEVELAND, January 2 — On January 1, 2015, a new Advisory Board began its four-year term of office for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET). National President Dennis R. Pierce convened the Advisory Board on January 1 to administer the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Oath of Office to all newly elected Officers. The…

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New trip rates effective January 1st 2015

December 28, 2014

New trip rates go into effect on January 1, 2015.  Click here to view the new rates. BLET WRGCA trip rates eff 1-1-15

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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.

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