2018 National Division Officers Election Rules now available
Monday, July 17, 2017
On May 3, the BLET Advisory Board adopted Rules for the 2018 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen National Division Officers Election. These rules provide detailed guidelines for compliance with Section 48 of the National Division Rules of the BLET Bylaws, which governs the election of National Division Officers.
Bartela appointed BLET Special Representative
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Richard C. Bartela Jr., a member of BLET Division 382 (Buffalo, N.Y.), has been appointed as a Special Representative by BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce effective July 1, 2017.
Last call for Myrtle Beach regional meeting
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The deadline to register for rooms has been extended from July 14 to July 20 for those interested in attending the BLET’s regional meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C., August 14-18, 2017.
National negotiations update: Coordinated Bargaining Group Unions say contract negotiations take a “step backwards”
Friday, July 07, 2017
As part of our ongoing effort to conclude national contract negotiations, the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) met with the nation’s freight rail Carriers (NCCC) for three days during the week of June 26th. These efforts were part of our ongoing mediation process, mandated by the Railway Labor Act when the parties have been unable to reach a voluntary agreement, and managed by the National Mediation Board.
Members ratify first-ever union contract with WNYP
Monday, July 03, 2017
In late May, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) achieved a significant milestone with the ratification of their first-ever union contract with the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad. It was ratified by an overwhelming majority of those casting a ballot.
New accidental death and dismemberment insurance benefits provided by BLET
Friday, June 30, 2017
The BLET National Division provides all active and retired members with an Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) benefit at no cost to the member. The National Division is pleased to announce that as of June 1, 2017, this benefit is now being provided through Berkley Accident and Health Insurance Company, a top-rated insurer with an AM Best Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior). As of July 1, 2017, the $4,000 AD&D policy previously provided by the BLET, through American Income Life (AIL), will be terminated.
BLET members vote to authorize strike at Wheeling & Lake Erie
Friday, June 30, 2017
One hundred percent of voting BLET members working for the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (WLE) have voted in favor of withdrawing from service should the union and the railroad fail to reach an agreement to settle their contract dispute under processes set forth in the Railway Labor Act (RLA).
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