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Pacific Harbor Line and BLET sign new agreement

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. (PHL) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have signed a new five-year labor agreement. The contract, effective September 20, governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for 150 of PHL’s 189 employees.

Labor Day 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President American workers will be honored on Monday as the nation celebrates Labor Day. The accomplishments and achievements of workers and the unions that represent them are deserving of this national holiday, and I am proud to be a part of the celebration.

U.S. Senate must act to stop Amtrak furloughs

Thursday, September 3, 2020

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce is urging BLET members to contact their United States Senators and ask them to adequately fund Amtrak — provided that the railroad maintain full daily services to prevent nearly 2,000 job cuts. Amtrak announced massive furloughs on September 1, which would negatively impact approximately 400 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and close to 2,000 employees system wide.

SMART-TD President Ferguson: Setting record straight on anti-labor articles

Thursday, September 3, 2020

By Jeremy Ferguson, President, SMART-TD It’s time to set the record straight. I am certain many of you have seen the recent anti-labor articles that have been published regarding our recent win in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Make sure your voice is heard in November

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

In advance of the upcoming November elections, the BLET National Division has created a website to help members make sure their vote counts.

Court vacates FRA approval of KCSM engineer certification

Friday, August 28, 2020

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has vacated Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval of the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR) certification program under which locomotive engineers employed by a contractor of Kansas City Southern de México (“KCSM”) have been permitted to operate over Texas Mexican Railway (Tex-Mex) tracks in the United States since July 10, 2018. Under the decision, the matter has been remanded to FRA “either to ‘offer a fuller explanation of the agency’s reasoning at the time of the agency action,’ or to ‘deal with the problem afresh by taking new agency action.’”

Lambert elected General Chairman of UP-Eastern District GCA

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Chad M. Lambert, a member of BLET Division 364 (Wichita, Kan.), was elected General Chairman of the Union Pacific-Eastern District General Committee of Adjustment at the GCA’s quadrennial meeting on August 11, 2020.

26 BLET families win Hoffa scholarships for 2020-21 school year, including five $10,000 winners

Monday, August 24, 2020

Twenty-six BLET families have been awarded scholarships by the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund for the 2020-21 school year, including five $10,000 scholarship winners. The $10,000 awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Hoffa Scholarship Fund.

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