BLET calls for Positive Train Control following Metro-North fatality
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen represents more than 51,000 active and retired locomotive engineers and trainmen throughout the United States. While we are the largest union representing locomotive engineers in America, we do not currently represent locomotive engineers at Metro-North and, therefore, have refrained from commenting on the December 1 derailment or the ongoing investigation. In light of the multiple requests for comments on the derailment from various news outlets, BLET has issued the following statement from National President Dennis R. Pierce.
GA-46000 Lifetime maximum adjusted for 2014
Thursday, December 05, 2013
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 $136,200 to $141,400 on January 1, 2014.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to express my thanks to all BLET members, officers and staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
Members urged to call their member of Congress after BLET lobbies for two-person crew bill
Friday, November 22, 2013
The BLET, working jointly with SMART-Transportation Division (formerly the United Transportation Union), made nearly 150 visits to members of the U.S. House of Representatives this week in support of H.R. 3040, the Safe Freight Act. The bill would mandate by federal law that two qualified individuals are in the cab of each freight train operating in the United States.
BLET supports creation of coal export facility in Washington state
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is supporting the building of a job-creating coal export facility in Washington state.
Veteranís Day 2013
Friday, November 08, 2013
By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President On behalf of the entire Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, I offer thanks to all veterans and active-duty military on this Veteranís Day 2013.
Enrollment deadline extended through December 1 for Health FSA
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
A special enrollment extension for the Health Flexible Spending Account (Health FSA) begins today and runs through December 1, 2013. This enrollment extension is only for the Health FSA benefit ó enrollment for all other 2014 Railroad benefits closed on November 2.
BLET to host final Secretary-Treasurer workshop of 2013
Friday, November 01, 2013
The BLETís Education and Training Department is hosting the final Secretary-Treasurer training workshop of the year in Cleveland from December 15-19, 2013.
New Health FSA debit card introduced for 2014
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
When you enroll in the health FSA for 2014, you will be able to use a special debit card to easily pay for eligible FSA expenses. The debit card is connected to your flexible spending account so thereís no need to write checks or submit claim forms. Look for more information in the future that explains how your debit card may help you manage your out of pocket expenses.
Important open enrollment announcement for Medicare-eligible BLET members and retirees
Friday, October 11, 2013
If you are a BLET member, retiree, spouse or dependent, and entitled to Medicare Part A and/or enrolled in Medicare Part B, you are eligible for the TEAMStar Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program (PDP). You are eligible for this program regardless of your health history or the drugs you are currently taking.