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July 2020

BLET Newsletter

RRB advises rail workers impacted by Hurricane Harvey

(From a Railroad Retirement Board press release.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 1 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is reminding ...
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Labor Day 2017

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 31 — With the Labor Day holiday upon us, it ...
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Hurricane Harvey: UP uses drones to survey damage; KCS, BLET donate to relief funds

(source: Progressive Railroading 08/31/2017) UP is using drones and helicopters to assess Harvey storm damage.Photo – Union Pacific Railroad Union ...
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UP eyes Houston clean-up, inspecting damaged track

(Source: Reuters, August 30, 2017) DETROIT — Union Pacific Corp said on Wednesday it should begin cleanup operations at two ...
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BLET relaunches Perrien Fund to assist members with Hurricane Harvey relief

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 30 — The BLET’s National Division Advisory Board approved a recommendation from BLET National President Dennis R. ...
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Train conductor held for drug testing during stroke awarded $2.1 million

(Source: Daily Business Review, August 28, 2017) NEW YORK — Samuel F. Belcher's colleagues called it in over their radios ...
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Furloughed railroad workers rehired en masse, but is coal really growing?

(Source: Reuters, August 28, 2017) SEATTLE — BNSF Railway has called back roughly 4,000 of the 5,000 workers who were ...
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Hurricane Harvey’s impact on rail service continues

(Source: Progressive Railroading, August 28, 2017) Class Is, Amtrak and Houston METRO suspended service and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ...
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STB: Class Is employed fewer workers in July

(source: Progressive Railroading 08/21/2017) Class Is employed 147,540 workers in the United States as of mid-July, down 0.7 percent from ...
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UP to lay off hundreds of managers, other rail workers

(source: Progressive Railroading 08/17/2017) Union Pacific Railroad yesterday announced it will eliminate 500 management positions by mid-September as part of a ...
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Save the date: 2018 BLET regional meetings

CLEVELAND, August 17 — The BLET National Division is pleased to announce the dates and locations of its 2018 regional ...
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CP launches direct rail service from Vancouver to Detroit

(source: Progressive Railroading 08/14/2017) Canadian Pacific today announced the launch of a direct rail transportation service between Vancouver, British Columbia, and ...
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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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