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Victory in New Jersey

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Rail Labor scored a major victory for railroad workers in New Jersey on June 26 when Governor Phil Murphy signed the “New Jersey Transit Corporation Employee Protection Act” into law. The law prohibits NJ Transit from asserting sovereign immunity to escape rail worker lawsuits under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) and other federal rail statutes.

BLET kicks off St. Louis regional meeting

Thursday, June 27, 2019

More than 300 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and their families convened here on the morning of June 25 for opening ceremonies of the BLET’s first regional meeting of 2019.

Two-person crew bill (S. 1979) introduced in United States Senate

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A two-person crew bill was introduced in the United States Senate on June 26. The Safe Freight Act (S. 1979), a companion bill to H.R. 1748 in the U.S. House of Representatives, would promote rail safety by mandating at least two-person crews on all freight trains in the United States. The bill was introduced by Senators Edward J. Ma

BLET members ratify new contract with M&NA short line

Monday, June 24, 2019

On June 20, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad. The agreement runs through 2023 and provides for improved wages and benefits for approximately 70 operating employees. Members will receive a signing bonus as well as a significant wage increase upfront and through the life of the contract. Most significantly, the agreement contains no harmful work rule changes to either the engineer or trainman crafts.

BLET reaches tentative contract with SEPTA

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) governing rates of pay and benefits for more than 200 locomotive engineers.

Rail safety expert to address BLET members

Friday, June 21, 2019

A safety expert in the field of workplace distraction will address members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) during the closed portion of its St. Louis regional meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 25.

At U.S. House hearing, BLET President Pierce testifies for two-person crews, asks Congress to block Mexican crews from operating in U.S.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Dennis Pierce, National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and President of the Teamsters Rail Conference, urged members of Congress to support a national two-person crew law and asked them to block Mexican train crews from operating in the United States during a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives today.

Former BLE First Vice President Jim McCoy, 1937-2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Former BLE First Vice President and Alternate International President James L. McCoy passed away at the age on 81 at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, on June 17, 2019. He served the Brotherhood for many years as General Chairman of the Illinois Central General Committee of Adjustment (GCA), and was an International Vice President of the BLE from 1996 to 1999, serving as First Vice President — the union’s second highest office — from 1999 until his retirement in 2001.

President Pierce to testify before Congress on “State of the Rail Workforce”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce will testify before the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials at a hearing titled “The State of the Rail Workforce” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.

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