Doug Horstman, former Oregon State Legislative Board Chairman, 1954-2014

April 16, 2015

CLEVELAND, April 15 — Douglas S. Horstman, former Chairman of the BLET’s Oregon State Legislative Board, passed away after an extended illness on April 6, 2015. Brother Horstman, 60, was a Union Pacific locomotive engineer who joined BLET Division 362 (La Grande, Ore.) on May 1, 1977. He held continuous membership in the BLET until…

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Acting for impaired Railroad Retirement beneficiaries

April 7, 2015

(Source: U.S. Railroad retirement Board press release, March 27, 2015) CHICAGO — According to Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) policy, every annuitant has the right to manage his or her own benefits. However, when physical or mental impairments make a railroad retirement annuitant incapable of properly handling benefit payments, or where the RRB determines that the…

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BLET to host Secretary-Treasurer Class in June 2015

April 3, 2015

CLEVELAND, April 2 — The BLET’s Education and Training Department is hosting an expanded Secretary-Treasurer Training Class at its new Training Center in Cleveland from June 1-4, 2015. All Division Secretary-Treasurers, Division Presidents, State Legislative Board Secretary-Treasurers and General Committee of Adjustment Secretary-Treasurers are invited to attend. Attendance is limited to the first 25 who…

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UPRR New Rule Book Update Available

April 2, 2015

On April 1, 2015 UPRR released the latest version of the GCOR rule book. Make sure you update your rule books to the current version. UPRR 2015 GCOR 040115 UPRR Sys GO 040115 UPRR 2015 SSI 040115

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BLET Auxiliary Scholarships are due April 1!

March 30, 2015

For more information on qualifications, instructions for applying, and to download an application form, please go to the BLET Auxiliary’s website at

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Train route from Seattle to Eugene could be in jeopardy

March 29, 2015

The Oregon Department of Transportation may not have enough money next year to continue providing Amtrak rail service between Portland and Eugene, according to budget discussions in the Oregon Capitol. Gov. John Kitzhaber had set aside $10.4 million to keep the “Cascades” route operating, even as the federal government phases out its funding for routes…

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BLET urges Senators to oppose PTC extension

March 25, 2015

CLEVELAND, March 25 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced today that it strongly opposes S. 650, the Railroad Safety and Positive Train Control Extension Act, which is expected to be voted on in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation within hours. Positive Train Control (PTC) is a technology that…

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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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