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BLET, SMART TD members urged to call Congress in support of two-person crew bill

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Rail Air and Transportation Workers (SMART TD) are urging their respective memberships to contact members of the House of Representatives about co-sponsoring The Safe Freight Act of 2017 (H.R. 233), a bill that would mandate two-person train crews on freight trains — one certified locomotive engineer and one certified conductor.

Supreme Court denies review of BLET victory on two-person train crews

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has secured another significant victory for rail workers — this time from the highest court in the United States — in the Union’s ongoing campaign to protect two-person train crews. On January 9, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition filed by the Wheeling and Lake Erie (W&LE) asking that the nation’s highest court review and set aside the 2015 finding by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that the railroad’s use of managers in place of Union conductors was a major dispute under the Railway Labor Act.

Unions seek to overturn punitive New Jersey substance abuse law

Monday, January 09, 2017

Two railroad labor unions have jointly filed a lawsuit to overturn a punitive New Jersey law that prohibits New Jersey Transit locomotive engineers from operating trains if their personal motor vehicle driver’s license is suspended.

Former BLET VP & NLR Ed McCulloch, 1922-2016

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Former BLET Vice President & National Legislative Representative Edward L. McCulloch passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016. He was 94 years old.

Todd reelected to sixth term as Arkansas State Legislative Board Chairman

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Brother Terry L. Todd was reelected by acclamation to his sixth term as Arkansas State Legislative Board Chairman at the Board’s triennial meeting in North Little Rock, Ark., December 5-7, 2016.

BLET members to keep Health FSA plan for 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen will keep their Health Flexible Spending Accounts (Health FSA) through 2017 thanks to an increased level of participation in this money-saving plan.

A call to arms: Join me in our National Contract fight

Monday, December 26, 2016

As most of you are aware, on Monday, December 5, 2016, the Unions making up the Coordinated Bargaining Group served notice on the National Mediation Board requesting that they mediate our contract dispute with the freight carriers. It is important that all BLET members understand what has happened with our negotiations to get us to this point, as well as what will happen now that mediation has been invoked, and my message will key on both of those issues.

BLET mourns loss of Charlene Payne

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Charlene Payne, a long-time United Healthcare representative for the Railroad Accounts, passed away unexpectedly on December 17, 2016. Charlene was a dear friend to many within the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), and her passion and dedication to serving all railroad members was remarkable.

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