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FRA just reduced the prospects for a safer railroad industry

Friday, May 24, 2019

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President and John Previsich, SMART TD President On Thursday, May 24, 2019, we were informed that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) had released a notice, withdrawing a 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking establishing a minimum train crew size for most rail freight operations in the United States. This news was not surprising.

Memorial Day 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

As we observe Memorial Day 2019, I ask all members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen to say a special prayer for the women and men who have given their lives serving in our military and to honor them for defending our country and our way of life.

BLET to host Local Chairman training class, August 11-16, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The BLET Education and Training Department will host a Local Chairman training class from August 11-16, 2019, at the BLET National Division headquarters and Training Center in Independence, Ohio. The class is designed to help Local Chairmen develop and hone the skills necessary to provide the best representation possible to our members.

Open enrollment for the BLET Short Term Disability Enhanced-Plan coverage

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

There are less than two weeks left in the open enrollment for the BLETís Short Term Disability Enhanced-Plan underwritten by Sun Life Financial. The open enrollment will end on May 31, 2019 and those who enroll will have their coverage take effect on June 1, 2019.

Fack reelected Oklahoma State Legislative Board Chairman

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Brother D. Craig Fack, a member of BLET Division 578 (Tulsa, Okla.), was reelected Chairman of the Oklahoma State Legislative Board during its quadrennial meeting held April 25-26, 2019.

BLET reaches tentative contract with M&NA

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a Tentative Agreement with the Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad (M&NA) governing rates of pay, benefits and work rules for nearly 80 operating employees.

Space remains for June 9-13 Secretary-Treasurer class

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Registration is still open for the Secretary-Treasurer training class scheduled for June 9-13, 2019, at the BLET National Division headquarters in Independence, Ohio. Registration has been extended through May 31.

Dave Brown reelected Minnesota State Legislative Board Chairman

Friday, May 17, 2019

David K. Brown was reelected by acclamation to his fourth term as Chairman of the Minnesota State Legislative Board at its 28th Quadrennial Meeting in Bloomington, Minn., April 28-May 1, 2019.

Governor signs two-person crew bill in Nevada

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

On May 15, organized labor secured a major victory for railroad workers and safety when Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) signed a two-person crew bill into law.

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