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Amtrak workers’ rally calls on Congress to preserve jobs, fund service

Monday, September 28, 2020

Unionized Amtrak workers, led by members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division (SMART-TD) and Transportation Communications International Union (TCU), will rally Sept. 30 in four major U.S. cities to urge members of Congress to provide emergency funding on the day prior to planned cuts by the nation’s major passenger rail carrier to its service and workforce.

Nunnenkamp elected Chairman of BLET Kansas State Legislative Board

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Brandon D. Nunnenkamp of Division 130 (Kansas City, Kan.) was elected Chairman of the Kansas State Legislative Board at its quadrennial meeting in Wichita, Kan., September 9-11, 2020.

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.

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