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Heritage Foundation takes aim at Railroad Retirement

(Source: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers press release, December 20, 2016) On December 24, the Heritage Foundation, a ...
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Teamsters applaud introduction of legislation to close executive pay tax loophole

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, January 10, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Teamsters Union fully supports the Stop ...
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State Supreme Court derails oil export terminal on Washington coast

(Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer, January 12, 2017) SEATTLE, Wash. — The Washington State Supreme Court, in a unanimous ruling, has ...
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Oregon lawmakers will try again on oil train safety bill

(Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting, January 10, 2017) PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney introduced a bill Tuesday that ...
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Feds seek input on crude oil volatility through proposed rulemaking

(Source: Progressive Railroading, January 17, 2017) The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) last week issued an advanced ...
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Supreme Court denies review of BLET victory on two-person train crews

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 17 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has secured another significant victory for rail ...
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RRB: Working after retirement

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, December 14, 2016) CHICAGO — Retirees, and those planning retirement, should be aware of ...
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AAR: Freight rail traffic down 11.4 percent from 2016 for week ending January 7

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, January 11, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today ...
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Unions seek to overturn punitive New Jersey substance abuse law

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 9 — Two railroad labor unions have jointly filed a lawsuit to overturn a punitive New Jersey ...
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Union Pacific sues to force approval of Oregon track expansion

(Source: Associated Press, January 11, 2017) MOSIER, Ore. — Union Pacific on Tuesday asked a federal judge to reject local ...
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A call to arms: Join me in our National Contract fight

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President (BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce ...
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Allen reelected Washington State Legislative Board Chairman

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 22 — Brother Shahraim C. Allen was reelected by acclamation to his second term as Chairman 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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