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Registration continues for BLET’s Clearwater regional meeting, July 22-26, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Registration is continuing for the BLET regional meeting at the Hilton Clearwater Beach hotel in Clearwater, Fla., July 22-26, 2019. The deadline to make hotel reservations and register for the regional meeting is June 23.

Minimum crew size bill awaits vote in Washington State Senate

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The BLET Washington State Legislative Board, in conjunction with the SMART-TD Washington Legislative Board, has been lobbying the Washington State Legislature in support of legislation that would require two qualified crew members on trains operating in the state of Washington. Recently, this legislation (HB 1841) passed the State Assembly and will soon be voted on by the State Senate.

BLET member killed in off-duty accident

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

BLET member Rene Ramos, President of Division 350 in Kingsville, Texas, was killed in an automobile accident while on his way home from work on April 7, 2019. He was 50 years old.

Train crew bill A.B. 337 brings back what Nevada already had

Monday, April 15, 2019

All day, every day, through cities, rural areas and everywhere in between, in Nevada as well as around our country, freight trains are rolling. In many cases, they’re the only practical way to safely transport hazardous chemicals, oil, hazardous waste, consumer goods, and vehicles to their intended destinations. That hasn’t changed for years.

Two-person crew bill introduced in Ohio House

Monday, April 15, 2019

A comprehensive railroad safety bill that would require two employees to work on freight trains was introduced in the State of Ohio’s House of Representatives in early April.

Deadlines approaching for BLET regional meeting in St. Louis

Friday, April 12, 2019

As a reminder, registration is ongoing for the BLET regional meeting at the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis, Mo., June 24-28, 2019. The deadline to make hotel reservations is May 2, and the last day to register for the regional meeting is May 22.

Former BLET District Chairman Sonny Kertesz, 1940-2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Former BLET District Chairman John W. “Sonny” Kertesz passed away on February 18, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 79 years old.

BLET legislative chairmen conclude 44th annual meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Members of the BLET’s National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen (NASLBC) concluded their 44th annual meeting on March 27, 2019, in San Diego, Calif.

Former BLET General Chairman Danny Knorek, 1947-2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Daniel M. (Danny) Knorek, former General Chairman of the CSX Northern Railroad Lines General Committee of Adjustment, passed away on April 1, 2019 with Cheryl, his wife of 49 years, by his side. He was 71 years old.

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