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BLET to host a GCA ST UnionTrack training class

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The BLET’s Education and Training Department is hosting a GCA Secretary-Treasurer Training Class for UnionTrack in the Training Center in Independence, Ohio, from August 9-11, 2016.

Registration continues for BLET regional meeting in Long Beach

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

As a reminder, registration is ongoing for the BLET regional meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, Calif., August 22-25, 2016. The deadline to make hotel reservations is July 17, and the last day to register for the regional meeting is July 27.

Teamsters offer disaster relief assistance in Texas

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund is offering assistance to members living in Texas after severe storms and flooding caused major damage to homes and property on May 26, 2016.

Leyshon elected UP-Western Region General Chairman

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brother Steve A. Leyshon was elected by acclamation as the new General Chairman of the Union Pacific-Western Region General Committee of Adjustment during the Committee’s quadrennial meeting held June 20-22, 2016, in Boise, Idaho.

Educational loans from the BLET’s Greene Fund available to children of members in good standing

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Franklin P. Greene Fund, established in 1956, is an educational loan fund set up to assist the children of living or deceased BLET members by providing educational assistance with low-interest loans.

RRB announces dates for September-December 2016 informational conferences

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced a schedule of dates for the agency’s fall and winter 2016 informational conferences. The conferences will be held in 10 locations across the country from September 16 through December 9.

Former BLET General Chairman Bruce MacArthur, 1946-2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Former BLET General Chairman Bruce D. MacArthur, age 69, passed away on June 15, 2016, at CHI Mercy Hospital.

David Spradlin elected KCS General Chairman

Monday, June 20, 2016

David A. Spradlin was elected by acclamation as General Chairman during the Kansas City Southern General Committee of Adjustment’s quadrennial meeting in Bossier City, La., June 13-17, 2016.

Hansen elected Chairman of Iowa State Legislative Board

Friday, June 17, 2016

Kenny A. Hansen was elected Chairman of the Iowa State Legislative Board at the Board’s quadrennial meeting in Altoona, Iowa, June 13-14, 2016.

Federal regulators must prohibit one-person freight train crews

Thursday, June 16, 2016

John Previsich, president of SMART Transportation Division and Dennis Pierce, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, issued this statement following the joint submission of comments responding to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a minimum size for train crews.

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