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Two-person crew bill becomes law in Washington State

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

After more than seven years of hard work by the BLET’s Washington State Legislative Board and their counterparts within the SMART Transportation Division, a two-person crew bill was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on March 27, 2020.

Union leaders demand clarification from FRA on waivers

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) President Dennis R. Pierce and SMART Transportation Division President Jeremy R. Ferguson sought clarification from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) after the agency granted 60-day emergency waiver requests to railroads on March 25, ostensibly to maintain their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RRB: Coronavirus Relief Act impacts railroad workers

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The following is a Railroad Retirement Board press release: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 27, boosts unemployment and sickness benefits for railroad workers impacted by the pandemic.

What we always knew: Engineers and Trainmen are Essential to the American Economy

Monday, March 30, 2020

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President Many American workers have seen their jobs vanish, but as with all railroad workers, BLET members have seen their jobs become increasingly more important to the nation. We move the products that power our nation and the food that feeds our citizens. We play an integral role in our nation’s economy, and without us, our nation would collapse. In many ways, BLET members are the nation’s ultimate essential workers.

Railroad workers to benefit from coronavirus stimulus package

Friday, March 27, 2020

The needs of railroad workers and their families — including improvements to railroad unemployment benefits — are included in the new coronavirus stimulus package, which was signed into law today.

Deadline extended to April 14 for 2020 Hoffa scholarship program

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Due to the national coronavirus emergency, the deadline for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has been extended to April 14, 2020. The program offers college and vocational scholarships for the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamsters.

RRB Labor Member message to Rail Labor

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

By John Bragg, Labor Member of the Railroad Retirement Board The purpose of this notice is to update you on how COVID-19 is impacting operations at the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). Be assured, while it is not business as usual, the agency remains open for business.

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