On May 8, 2013, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen — the oldest labor union in North America — is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of its founding in Detroit, Michigan.
The BLET‘s members, friends and colleagues will gather at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit hotel — the same hotel where we celebrated our 75th and 100th Anniversaries — to commemorate this momentous occasion. To honor this historic milestone, we are planning an event that will demonstrate to government, the industry and the nation why we are proud to be American and proud to be Union.
Detroit is the city where it all began. On May 8, 1863, American labor history was made in Detroit with the founding of the Brotherhood of the Footboard. The Organization‘s name was changed one year later to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and then to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen in 2004.
On these pages you will find details regarding registration and hotel reservations to join us at our 150th Anniversary Celebration in Detroit on May 8, 2013. You will also find information about the Brotherhood itself and our long, proud history.
We hope you will join us in Detroit for the festivities on May 8 and consider advertising in our commemorative program.
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen — Proud to be American, Proud to be Union!