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Triennial election reminder: Filing results online

Monday, October 05, 2015

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.

Railroad unemployment and sickness benefits will increase due to adjusted sequestration rate

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Beginning October 1, 2015, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will reduce railroad unemployment and sickness insurance benefits by 6.8 percent, down from the current 7.3 percent reduction, due to federal budget cuts required by law.

BLET President Pierce challenges railroads on fatigue, attendance policies

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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 making the industry safer, President Pierce said.

Health FSA open enrollment for 2016 begins October 1

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Open enrollment for the Health Flexible Spending Account Plan (FSA) 2016 benefit year runs from October 1 through October 31, 2015. Members must enroll in the Health FSA every year — FSA enrollment is not automatic each year so interested members should act soon so they do not miss out on enrollment for the 2016 Plan Year.

Space remains for Legislative Representatives workshop in October

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

As a reminder, registration remains open for the BLET Education & Training Department’s workshop for BLET Division Legislative Representatives to be held in Washington, D.C., from October 25-29, 2015. Participation in the workshop is limited to the first 20 who register, and a few spots still remain.

BLET families win eight Hoffa scholarships for 2015-2016 school year

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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.

BLET opens 80th annual SWCM in Tulsa

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

More than 300 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) convened here today for opening ceremonies of the 80th annual and final Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM).

Brown reelected Minnesota State Legislative Board Chairman

Friday, September 11, 2015

David K. Brown was reelected by acclamation to his third term as Chairman of the Minnesota State Legislative Board at its quadrennial meeting in Bloomington, Minn., August 31-September 1, 2015.

BLET reaches tentative agreement with CP Rail-U.S. (Soo Line)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative contract with the Canadian Pacific-U.S. Railway (Soo Line) governing rates of pay and work rules for approximately 400 locomotive engineers.

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