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Rail Labor seeks mediation to settle national contract talks

Monday, December 05, 2016

Despite our best efforts, collective bargaining with the major U.S. Class 1 railroads completely stalled late last week. Therefore, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Railway Labor Act, we have today applied to the National Mediation Board (NMB) for the assignment of a federal mediator to assist in our negotiations.

BLET to hold a workshop for LM-2 filers

Friday, December 02, 2016

Early next year, the BLET Education and Training Department will conduct a workshop for all Secretary-Treasurers who file LM-2 reports for their General Committee of Adjustment (GCA), Division or State Legislative Board. This workshop will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from March 6-8, 2017.

Open enrollment begins December 1, 2016 for the BLET Short Term Disability Part B Plan

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Open Enrollment for 2017 under the BLETís Short Term Disability Part B insurance plan begins on December 1, 2016 and will end December 30, 2016. Part B Plan coverage under this open enrollment will take effect on January 1, 2017.

Thanksgiving 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I am pleased to express my gratitude to all BLET members, officers and staff for their hard work and dedication throughout 2016.

Hoffa-Hall reelected to five year term to lead union; Vice Presidents, Trustees also elected

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, International Vice Presidents At-Large, International Trustees and International Vice Presidents in the Eastern, Southern and Central Regions were elected on November 18 in the 2016 Election of International Union Officers, according to unofficial results provided by the Office of the Election Supervisor.

GA-46000 Lifetime maximum adjusted for 2017

Monday, November 21, 2016

The lifetime maximum benefit for the Railroad Employees National Early Retirement Major Medical Benefit (also known as ERMA or GA-46000) Plan will increase from $151,600 to $157,800 on January 1, 2017.

Cadogan elected Chairman of Massachusetts State Legislative Board

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Brother Daniel M. Cadogan of BLET Division 57 (Boston, Mass.) was elected by acclamation to his first full term as Chairman of the Massachusetts State Legislative Board at its quadrennial meeting held at the Teamsters Local 25 union hall in Boston Mass., on October 19, 2016.

Craver reelected Virginia State Legislative Board Chairman

Monday, November 14, 2016

Brother Timothy R. Craver of BLET Division 532 (Richmond, Va.) was reelected by acclamation to his third full term as Chairman of the Virginia State Legislative Board at its quadrennial meeting on October 27, 2016, in Richmond, Va.

Veterans Day 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President Veterans Day is a particularly important holiday to the membership of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. Our Brotherhood was founded on May 8, 1863, and many of our earliest members were veterans of the Civil War

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