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Mobilization Alert: Call Missouri governor and ask him to veto right-to-work bill

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Governor Jay Nixon is now the only defense the Middle Class has left to prevent Missouri from becoming the next so-called right (freedom)-to-work state.

BLET/SMART–TD statement on Positive Train Control, crew size following fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The following is a joint statement by Dennis R. Pierce, National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and John Previsich, President, SMART Transportation Division, regarding questions that have arisen since the fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015.

BLET statement on Amtrak train 188 derailment

Saturday, May 16, 2015

As part of its party status agreement with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) does not make official comments about the details of any ongoing accident investigation, nor does BLET speculate on the events that may have contributed to such an accident during the investigation.

BLET statement on fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

As federal investigators in Philadelphia begin to piece together what happened leading up to the horrific Amtrak derailment that occurred on May 12, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) extends our most heartfelt sympathy to the grieving families who lost a loved one in the accident, and also to the many victims who suffered serious injuries.

Boston to host BLET for final EUMA, July 26-30, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The members of BLET Division 191 are welcoming all active and retired BLET members and their families to Boston for the 77th annual Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA), July 26-30, 2015.

BLET marks 152nd anniversary today

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen proudly celebrates its 152nd anniversary today. The union was founded as the Brotherhood of the Footboard on May 8, 1863 in Marshall, Mich. In 1864, the union changed its name to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE), the name it retained for 140 years until merging with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on Jan. 1, 2004, when it became the BLET.

Call to mobilize over right-to-work bill in Missouri

Thursday, May 07, 2015

As the Regular Session of the General Assembly in Missouri draws to a close, the fight to defend workers’ rights in your state has continued to increase in its intensity. In the next few days Missouri State Senators and State Representatives will determine which direction the members of the House of Labor will be forced to take.

Gary Pedigo elected Texas State Legislative Board Chairman: Briggs to retire June 2

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The BLET’s Texas State Legislative Board held its 14th quadrennial convention on April 19-21 in Austin, Texas. In attendance were delegates representing 38 of the 41 Local Divisions in Texas. Brother Gary R. Pedigo, BLET Division 177 (Denison, Texas), was elected by acclamation to the office of Chairman. Incumbent Chairman Terry D. Briggs, Division 530 (Commerce, Texas), did not seek reelection and will retire effective June 2, 2015.

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