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Sturdivant reelected NS-Southern Lines General Chairman

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Jerry G. Sturdivant was reelected to his second term as General Chairman of the Norfolk Southern-Southern Lines General Committee of Adjustment (GCA) at its quadrennial meeting on May 19, 2020.

Memorial Day 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President Each year, on Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives serving in our military and we honor them for defending our country and our way of life. It is a sacred day to commemorate our fallen military heroes and to reflect on their sacrifices as they died defending our country, helping to ensure peace at home and around the globe.

BLET names new General Counsel

Friday, May 22, 2020

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has appointed Joshua D. McInerney to serve as General Counsel for the oldest labor union in the Western Hemisphere. The appointment is effective upon the May 31 retirement of long-serving General Counsel Michael S. Wolly.

May 21 update from Railroad Retirement Board’s Labor Member

Friday, May 22, 2020

In my last update, I explained that Phase 2 of the Railroad Retirement Board’s (RRB) CARES Act implementation plan was targeted for completion by the end of May. Phase 2 of the RRB’s plan provides for the additional $1,200 per registration period for claims beginning April 1, 2020, or later. I am happy to report that final testing is underway as I draft this message. Barring any unforeseen complications, we anticipate making the first payments under Phase 2 within a week.

BLET reaches tentative agreement with Portland & Western

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative agreement with the Portland & Western/ Willamette & Pacific Railroad (PNW). Ballots were mailed today to active members of the BLET employed by the PNW who are eligible to vote in the ratification of this agreement.

BLET, SMART-TD announce launch of Information and Communications Technology survey

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe), in partnership with the BLET and SMART-TD, is launching a survey in mid-May to learn more about Information and Communications Technology (ICT), which relates to the technology and tools that railroaders use to share, gather and communicate information. The purpose of the survey is to understand how best to communicate important safety-related information to union members and across the railroad industry.

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