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August 4 update from Railroad Retirement Board’s Labor Member regarding China investments

Monday, August 10, 2020

By John Bragg, Labor Member of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board I want to reiterate that our trust fund is stable and NRRIT’s investments are producing the returns needed to ensure the stability of the fund well into the future.

United Rail Unions sue to block carriers from modifying Healthcare benefits without bargaining

Friday, August 7, 2020

On August 5, 2020, 12 rail unions whose members and their families are covered by the NRC/UTU Plan and the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan, filed suit against the nation’s Class I railroad carriers in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Arbitrator approves replacing American crews with Mexican crews in Laredo

Thursday, August 6, 2020

A three-year contract struggle against actions by Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) and its affiliate Texas Mexican Railway (Tex-Mex) to replace BLET-represented crews that shuttled trains between Laredo Yard and the U.S.–Mexico border concluded on August 4th, when a majority of a Special Board of Adjustment (SBA) ruled in the Carriers’ favor.

BLET reaches tentative agreement with Pacific Harbor Line

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative agreement with Pacific Harbor Line (PHL). Ballots have been mailed to active members of the BLET employed by PHL who are eligible to vote in the ratification of this agreement.

Pierce elected Chairman of CRLO

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been elected Chairman of the Cooperating Railway Labor Organizations (CRLO) following the retirement of long-serving Chairman Robert A. Scardelletti. His election became effective on August 1, 2020.

Coordinated Bargaining Coalition: National Negotiations Update, July 31, 2020

Friday, July 31, 2020

Bargaining teams from 10 unions that make up the Coordinated Bar-gaining Coalition (CBC) for this round of national freight rail negotiations participated in a Zoom conference with National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) Chairman Brendan Branon and participating Carrier representatives on July 28, 2020.

BLET, SMART-TD and ARLA urge Supreme Court to protect FELA

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), along with the SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD) and the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA), have filed a joint motion and brief urging the United States Supreme Court to prevent railroads from seeking property damages from their employees who are involved in railroad accidents.

Telephone service restored at BLET National Division

Thursday, July 30, 2020

As a follow up, all BLET members and subordinate bodies are advised that the telephone and voice mail systems at the BLET National Division headquarters have been restored to normal. Thank you for your patience.

Temporary telephone outage at BLET National Division

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

All BLET members and subordinate bodies are advised that the telephone and voice mail systems at the BLET National Division are temporarily out of service due to an unexpected computer hardware malfunction. It is expected that full service will be restored near the close of business tomorrow, July 30, 2020.

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