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Court victory vindicates BLET position on two-person train crews

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In a major legal victory to protect two-person train crews, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled in favor of BLETís position that the Wheeling & Lake Erieís use of managers in place of Union conductors is a major dispute under the Railway Labor Act. The ruling vindicates BLETís decision to strike over the issue more than 18 months ago.

Railroad unions advancing two-person crew legislation to protect safety

Friday, April 17, 2015

Continuing a cooperative effort to promote safety in the railroad industry, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers International Association (SMART) have jointly announced that legislation requiring at least two crew members on all freight trains in the U.S. has been introduced in the 114th Congress.

Doug Horstman, former Oregon State Legislative Board Chairman, 1954-2014

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Douglas S. Horstman, former Chairman of the BLETís Oregon State Legislative Board, passed away after an extended illness on April 6, 2015.

Final SMA slated for Georgia in June

Friday, April 10, 2015

Chair Teresa Bryant, Brother Scott Frederick and the members of BLET Division 30 (Atlanta) have the honor of hosting the final Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) from June 14-19, 2015, at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford, Ga.

BLET, 9 other unions, request arbitration in NJ Transit negotiations

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen has asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) to proffer arbitration after reaching an impasse in contract negotiations with New Jersey Transit (NJT).

Reminder: BLET Education & Training Department to conduct General Chairman Workshop

Thursday, April 02, 2015

This class is nearly full. Please contact Jason Wright at 216-296-4447 as soon as possible to reserve one of the few remaining spots.

BLET to host Secretary-Treasurer Class in June 2015

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The BLETís Education and Training Department is hosting an expanded Secretary-Treasurer Training Class at its new Training Center in Cleveland from June 1-4, 2015.

Celebration of life planned for late BLET member Alex Sassman

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A memorial barbecue and safety feed in honor of late BLET member Alex Sassman, Division 692 (Tracy, Calif.), will be held on March 31, 2015, at the Engineering Parking Lot, 9451 Atkinson St., Roseville, CA 95747.

BLET urges Senators to oppose PTC extension

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced today that it strongly opposes S. 650, the Railroad Safety and Positive Train Control Extension Act, which is expected to be voted on in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation within hours.

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