WRGCA (IBT Local 900) Election Plan for Delegate & Alternate Delegate to the 2016 IBT Convention

December 30, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Attached, please find a copy of three items.  The first is a memo to each you regarding the required posting of the WRGCA (IBT Local 900) Election Plan for Delegate & Alternate Delegate to the 2016 IBT Convention; the second is the copy of the plan and the third is a…

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State of the union 2015

December 28, 2015

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President CLEVELAND, December 28 — I am proud of our Brotherhood’s many accomplishments throughout the year 2015 and we have much to be thankful for. While many significant challenges may lie ahead, I have every confidence that our Brotherhood will continue to grow and become stronger in the year…

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Now available: Applications for JRH Scholarship Fund

December 9, 2015

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, December 1, 2015) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for scholarship awards. The deadline for receipt of completed materials is March 31, 2016. Materials will be sent to every local union in the US and Canada, but if you would…

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The importance of a current connection for Railroad Retirement benefits

December 2, 2015

Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, November 16, 2015) CHICAGO — Under the Railroad Retirement Act, a “current connection with the railroad industry” is one of the eligibility requirements for occupational disability annuities and supplemental annuities, and is one of the factors that determine whether the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) or the Social Security Administration…

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Pilot error: After SMART-TD tip, FRA cites Union Pacific for assigning unqualified manager to serve as a pilot

November 26, 2015

CHICAGO (Nov. 24)—The Federal Railroad Administration told SMART-TD it has filed a violation against the Union Pacific Railroad in response to a union complaint that the railroad ordered a train crew to work outside its assigned territory while being piloted by a manager who was not qualified on the physical characteristics of the territory. FRA Region IV…

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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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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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