Railroad Retirement spouse benefits

March 7, 2017

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, March 1, 2017) CHICAGO — In addition to the retirement annuities payable to employees, the Railroad Retirement Act, like the Social Security Act, also provides annuities for the spouses of retired employees. Payment of a spouse annuity is made directly to the wife or husband of the employee. Divorced…

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Robert Reich explains why “Right to Work” is Wrong

February 28, 2017
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BLET members urged to contact Congress to oppose national right-to-work

February 28, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 27 — Along with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) strongly opposes so-called “right-to-work” legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress on January 31, and the National Division is urging all union members and their families to contact Congress to express their opposition to this…

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Join us in the fight to defend your hard earned benefits

February 25, 2017

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President (BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the Winter 2016 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Journal.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 23 — One of any Union’s primary responsibilities is to negotiate for and defend the benefits that…

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RRB announces dates for March-June 2017 informational conferences

February 2, 2017

CLEVELAND, February 1 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced a schedule of dates for the agency’s spring 2017 informational conferences. Informational conferences will be held in 19 locations across the country, beginning on March 10 in Baldwin Park, California, and concluding on June 23 in Portland, Oregon. Additional conference for fall 2017…

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Union Proud, Union Strong

January 30, 2017

Let’s Join Together To Fight For Your National Contract By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President (BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the January 2017 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 30 — In my last Newsletter message, I…

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2017 BLET Scholarship Directory

January 25, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 25 — 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 2017 BLET Scholarship Directory. The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for…

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Rail industry hopes to roll back safety regulations following Trump victory

January 23, 2017

(Source: DeSmog Blog, January 21, 2017) NEW YORK — “The policy landscape in Washington, D.C., dramatically shifted on Election Day…” While clearly not news to anyone, it was part of Edward Hamberger’s address to a conference in New York a week after Trump’s presidential victory. Hamberger is CEO of the rail industry lobbying group, the…

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BLET, SMART TD members urged to call Congress in support of two-person crew bill

January 20, 2017

CLEVELAND, January 20 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Rail Air and Transportation Workers (SMART TD) are urging their respective memberships to contact members of the House of Representatives about co-sponsoring The Safe Freight Act of 2017 (H.R. 233), a bill…

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