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Memorial Day 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President Each year on Memorial Day, we pause to honor and pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the military and to thank them for defending our country and our way of life. Our nation has done so each year since the holiday was first recognized in 1868.

SMA hotel reservation deadline extended to June 1

Friday, May 22, 2015

BLET members planning to attend the upcoming Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) annual convention are advised that the deadline to make hotel reservations has been extended to June 1. Host Chair Teresa Bryant, Brother Scott Frederick and the members of BLET Division 30 (Atlanta) are hosting the final SMA at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford, Ga., June 14-19, 2015.

Schulz elected Wisconsin State Legislative Board Chairman

Friday, May 22, 2015

Chuck M. Schulz was elected Chairman of the Wisconsin State Legislative Board at its quadrennial meeting in Madison, Wisc., May 18-21, 2015.

Mobilization Alert: Call Missouri governor and ask him to veto right-to-work bill

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Governor Jay Nixon is now the only defense the Middle Class has left to prevent Missouri from becoming the next so-called right (freedom)-to-work state.

BLET/SMART–TD statement on Positive Train Control, crew size following fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The following is a joint statement by Dennis R. Pierce, National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and John Previsich, President, SMART Transportation Division, regarding questions that have arisen since the fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015.

BLET statement on Amtrak train 188 derailment

Saturday, May 16, 2015

As part of its party status agreement with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) does not make official comments about the details of any ongoing accident investigation, nor does BLET speculate on the events that may have contributed to such an accident during the investigation.

BLET statement on fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

As federal investigators in Philadelphia begin to piece together what happened leading up to the horrific Amtrak derailment that occurred on May 12, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) extends our most heartfelt sympathy to the grieving families who lost a loved one in the accident, and also to the many victims who suffered serious injuries.

Boston to host BLET for final EUMA, July 26-30, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The members of BLET Division 191 are welcoming all active and retired BLET members and their families to Boston for the 77th annual Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA), July 26-30, 2015.

BLET marks 152nd anniversary today

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen proudly celebrates its 152nd anniversary today. The union was founded as the Brotherhood of the Footboard on May 8, 1863 in Marshall, Mich. In 1864, the union changed its name to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE), the name it retained for 140 years until merging with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on Jan. 1, 2004, when it became the BLET.

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