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BLET members ratify new contract with New York & Atlantic Railway

Friday, January 14, 2022

In early January, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the New York & Atlantic Railway (NY&A), which governs rates of pay, work rules and healthcare for about 20 BLET members.

SMART-TD and BLET rail unions initiate steps to strike BNSF properties over new “Hi-Viz” attendance policy punishing sick rail workers during the pandemic

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Yesterday, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation union (SMART-TD) who work for the BNSF Railway initiated steps to go on strike following the railroad’s announcement of its so-called “Hi-Viz” attendance policy, which BLET National President Dennis Pierce and SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson called “the worst and most egregious attendance policy ever adopted by any rail carrier.”

BLET welcomes Amit Bose as new Administrator of FRA

Thursday, January 13, 2022

On January 12, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed Amit Bose to serve as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Dennis R. Pierce, National President of the BLET, issued the following statement...

Ballots mailed in tentative BLET, Metra agreement

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative contract agreement with Metra, the commuter railroad system serving Chicago.

District court denies BLET, SMART-TD bid to halt Metra vaccine mandate

Friday, January 7, 2022

On January 6, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, ruled against the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD), denying the unions’ preliminary injunction motions to stop Metra’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

America’s Largest Transportation Labor Coalition Gains 3 More Unions, Unifies Rail Labor

Friday, January 7, 2022

TTD proudly welcomes the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWED), both divisions of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) to its membership.

2022 BLET Time Books coming soon

Friday, December 17, 2021

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen is currently mailing 2022 Time Books to all eligible active members of the union.

2022 Hoffa scholarship application process now open

Monday, December 13, 2021

BLET members and their families are advised that the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has begun accepting applications for the 2022 award year. The Fund awards financial scholarships to the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamster members.

Two-person crew bill introduced in Michigan

Friday, December 10, 2021

On December 2, 2021, a railroad safety bill requiring qualified two-person train crews was introduced in the state of Michigan’s House of Representatives and Senate.

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