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Cadogan reelected Chairman of Massachusetts SLB

Friday, February 26, 2021

Daniel M. Cadogan was reelected by acclamation to his second term as Chairman of the Massachusetts State Legislative Board (MASLB) at its 7th quadrennial meeting on October 31, 2020.

Ballots mailed in tentative BLET, Illinois & Midland agreement

Friday, February 26, 2021

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

Ninth Circuit Ruling Favors Unions and States, Rejects FRA’s Attempt to Preempt State Crew Laws

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Two of the country’s largest freight railroad unions achieved a favorable decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday regarding an attempt by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to preempt legislation passed by a number of states that established a minimum of two-person operating crews on freight trains.

FRA grants unions’ request for longer-term extension to file certification petitions

Friday, February 12, 2021

In response to a series of joint petitions by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on February 11 granted a longer-term waiver, providing a 60-day extension to time limits in which certain petitions for review must be filed with the Operating Crew Review Board (OCRB). Previously, the unions had secured a series of waivers, which date back to April 7, 2020.

Canadian Pacific looking to hire certified conductors

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The Canadian Pacific Railway/DM&E is looking to hire certified conductors to work out of: Mason City, Iowa; Marquette, Iowa; Davenport, Iowa; Ottumwa, Iowa; Savanna, Ill.; and Kansas City, Mo.

Reminder: Hoffa scholarship deadline is March 1

Friday, January 29, 2021

As a reminder, the deadline for the 2021 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (JRHMSF) Academic and Vocational/ Training Program scholarship applications is March 1.

BLET members ratify new contract with Pan Am Railways

Friday, January 29, 2021

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with Pan Am Railways.

Teamsters and 18 other unions endorse two for NMB

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

On January 26, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing Rail and Airline Teamsters, and 18 other unions sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Democratic U.S. Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Patty Murray reminding the president that appointing new members to the National Mediation Board (NMB) should be prioritized. The unions endorsed the appointment of Deirdre Hamilton and the reappointment of Linda Puchala to the board.

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