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Thanksgiving 2021

Thursday, November 25, 2021

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President On this Thanksgiving holiday, I am extremely proud of our members who continue to work on the frontlines every day to ensure that America’s railroads keeps rolling.

Unions counter Metra COVID vaccine mandate

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The BLET and SMART-TD have responded to the suit Metra filed against them on November 8, 2021, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago Division.

BLET, SMART-TD join to fight Amtrak on COVID mandate

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The BLET and SMART-TD are challenging Amtrak over its actions in implementing its COVID-19 vaccine policy without the bargaining mandated by the Railway Labor Act.

Vaccine cases with two Rail Carriers consolidated in Illinois court

Monday, November 22, 2021

On November 17, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois consolidated multiple lawsuits that had been filed in the Illinois federal court, including ones by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and two other rail unions challenging two Class I carriers’ implementation of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

GA-46000 Lifetime maximum adjusted for 2022

Friday, November 19, 2021

The lifetime maximum benefit for the Railroad Employees National Early Retirement Major Medical Benefit Plan (also known as ERMA or GA-46000) will increase from $175,700 to $182,700 on January 1, 2022.

Former BLE International President Ronald P. McLaughlin, 1929-2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Former BLE International President Ronald P. McLaughlin passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 92 on November 12, 2021. He served in the union’s highest office from 1991-1996.

Save these dates for BLET meetings in 2022

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

BLET members and officers are reminded of the dates for the BLET regional meetings coming up next year.

President Biden signs infrastructure bill that boosts Amtrak funding, addresses freight rail safety

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

On November 15, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) into law. The bill contains significant funding enhancements for Amtrak and addresses key safety issues in the freight industry.

Veterans Day 2021

Thursday, November 11, 2021

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President On this Veterans Day, we are proud and humbled to honor our veterans and pay tribute to their sacrifices that have made our country free and strong.

Pierce reelected CRLO Chairman

Friday, November 5, 2021

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce was reelected by acclamation as Chairman of the Cooperating Railway Labor Organizations (CRLO) during October 28’s CRLO business meeting. The CRLO is a group of 12 Rail Labor unions that sit together to oversee the collectively bargained health and welfare benefits contained within the National Agreements, on behalf of railroad members.

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