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Members of Congress demand FRA, FTA act to protect rail workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives has sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) demanding that the agencies adopt health and safety recommendations made by organized labor to better protect rail and transit workers from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Update from the Railroad Retirement Board Labor Member

Thursday, April 2, 2020

By John Bragg, Labor Member, Railroad Retirement Board As the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) works its way through this pandemic, I will continue to reach out to you, my fellow brothers and sisters, to keep you informed on the status of the RRB and the benefits we administer.

Union Plus offers hardship assistance to union members during COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, April 2, 2020

BLET members may be eligible to apply for hardship assistance through Union Plus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rail Labor wins 8-year fight to protect employee medical privacy at BNSF

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Rail Labor has successfully worked together to protect the privacy of its members after a recent legal victory at the BNSF Railway, which forced the carrier to change its return to work medical reporting requirements.

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.

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