C O N T E N T S

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BLE gears up for battle
Establishes "BLE Defense Fund;' UTU admits NMB petition a sham and imposes 30 percent dues hike to raid BLE
Mobilizers preparing plan for Union Pacific
"They won't need a bus to run around in"

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UTU insurance options could give everyone the 'blues'
Dubroski letter to UTU's Little
Rail labor opposes Linda Morgan

Page 3, Legislative Update
New DOT regulations boost fines for violation of highway-rail safety laws
Russian trade unionists visit BLE headquarters
D.C. Feedback -- Taxation
California leads BLE-PAC

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Big fun in the Big Easy for 64th annual SWCM
Photo recap of 1999 SWCM
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Big fun in the Big Easy for 64th annual SWCM
Photo recap of 1999 SWCM
Page 6, BLE Senior Report
RRB plan emphasizes customer service
Remaining RRB informational conferences for 1999
Page 7
SACP improvements -- managers now accountable for their actions
Fallen brothers nominated for Canada's Star of Courage
NTSB blames crew in fatal wreck
Page 8
An important letter from BLE Canadian Director Gilles Hallé
BLE Editorial -- BNSF 'unavailability' policy
Rail Labor focused on 55/30 early retirement issue
BLE Calendar
Advisory Board activity reports

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