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1998 News Flash Archive

December 1998

  • Dec 14: DOT expands high speed rail program
  • Dec 09: Monin explains Statement of Principles in conference call
  • Dec 09: Union Pacific claims its back on the right track
  • Dec 08: BLE Engineer honored for heroics by U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Dec 04: BLE-UTU Agreed-Upon Statement of Principles and Exhibits
  • Dec 04: BLE opens first Training Centre in North America
  • Dec 02: High speed rail service expands in Southeast Corridor
  • Dec 02: Youths escape eight-day trap in railroad boxcar
  • Dec 02: Government report says Amtrak's finances must improve
  • Dec 01: BLE Locomotive Engineer Training Centre to open in Saskatoon
  • November 1998

  • Nov 24: BLE, UTU agree to principles for new organization
  • Nov 19: BLE members to get vision care coverage in 1999
  • Nov 19: High-speed rail line planned for U.S. gulf coast region
  • Nov 19: UFW organizing strawberry workers in California
  • Nov 18: BLE growth streak reaches 21 consecutive months
  • Nov 17: Local Chairman Workshop hits the road in 1999
  • Nov 17: Amtrak shows improved performance, profits
  • Nov 12: AFL-CIO's Sweeney addresses big business leaders
  • Nov 12: FedEx, pilots' union, drift father apart
  • Nov 11: Forced overtime becoming big issue
  • Nov 11: Head of Amtrak Reform Council resigns
  • Nov 05: Labor movment key to success for Democrats
  • Nov 02: BNSF agrees not to oppose CN-IC merger

    October 1998

  • Oct 28: BLE Political Special: 1998 General Election Endorsements
  • Oct 23: UP posts profit this quarter
  • Oct 19: Resolution of the Advisory Board: Our real battle is with rail carriers
  • Oct 19: 52 killed in Egyptian train derailment
  • Oct 15: Education & Training Update: S-T, Local Chairmen training classes
  • Oct 14: NMB leaves UTU request on hold
  • Oct 14: Teens critically injured while skateboarding on tracks
  • Oct 14: GM lost $809 million in third quarter
  • Oct 13: Six trespassers killed while sleeping on UP tracks
  • Oct 09: BLE regional meetings set for 1999
  • Oct 09: FRA moves forward on high speed train
  • Oct 05: UTU 'takes wrong track again,' BLE says
  • Oct 02: Update: BLE member injured in CSX collision
  • Oct 02: Wreck of special CSX passenger train kills conductor

    September 1998

  • Sep 17: Monin concludes testimony before Congress
  • Sep 17: Full-text of Monin's House testimony on widows' benefits
  • Sep 17: BLE's "Wish List" of fatigue abatement measures
  • Sep 16: Full-text of Monin's Senate testimony on locomotive engineer fatigue
  • Sep 16: Monin testifies today before Senate, tomorrow before House
  • Sep 16: Members urged to register for Local Chairman workshop
  • Sep 15: BLE organizes Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad
  • Sep 15: Can't sue your boss because of union contract? It could happen
  • Sep 15: Air Canada back on track after 12-day strike
  • Sep 15: CWA reaches tentative deal to end four-week strike
  • Sep 15: Anti-union legislation falls in Senate
  • Sep 14: Machinists union seeks new contract with Northwest
  • Sep 11: Northwest, pilots may reach potential contract
  • Sep 11: Air Canada, pilots reach tentative deal
  • Sep 10: FRA seeks to improve power brake equipment, regulations
  • Sep 10: Northwest feeder airlines to resume flights
  • Sep 09: U.S. DOT will file lawsuit against Northwest
  • Sep 09: FRA to make wireless communication devices mandatory
  • Sep 09: Clinton advisers lend assistance in Northwest strike
  • Sep 09: Air Canada, pilots association, resume talks
  • Sep 08: Northwest talks resume after holiday break
  • Sep 08: Air Canada hopeful as talks resume with union
  • Sep 04: Union growth hampered by corporate intimidation, Sweeney says
  • Sep 04: Northwest, pilots stand their ground
  • Sep 03: BLE History Book available on home page
  • Sep 03: Gore, AFL-CIO to deliver Labor Day message in Seattle
  • Sep 03: Northwest announces lay off of 27,500 workers
  • Sep 03: Passengers stranded as Air Canada strike continues
  • Sep 03: AirTran flight attendants threaten random strikes
  • Sep 02: BLE Local Chairman Workshop set for November 8-13
  • Sep 02: NLRB orders newspapers to rehire former strikers
  • Sep 02: Northwest announces lay offs as strike enters Day 5
  • Sep 02: Air Canada pilots strike
  • Sep 02: Greyhound bus drivers sign new contract
  • Sep 01: Clinton asks Transportation Secretary Slater to help in Northwest strike
  • Sep 01: Northwest, pilots to rely on huge strike funds

    August 1998

  • Aug 31: Rural town considers automated horns for rail crossings
  • Aug 31: Crops may be dumped despite railroads efforts
  • Aug 31: BNSF derailment on mainline slows traffic
  • Aug 31: Communications Workers of America ends strike
  • Aug 31: Northwest strike enters third day
  • Aug 28: Chemicals in diesel fuel must be labeled toxic air pollutants
  • Aug 28: Clinton unlikely to interfere if Northwest pilots strike
  • Aug 28: Northwest, pilots use advertising to get point across
  • Aug 27: Next month's Secretary-Treasurer training class may be canceled
  • Aug 27: FRA tests high-speed rail grade crossing system
  • Aug 27: UP track improvements fall behind schedule
  • Aug 27: Pay, retirement package key issues in Northwest pilots strike
  • Aug 27: Railroads, grain shippers strike deal
  • Aug 26: Union Pacific reorganization long overdue
  • Aug 26: Change the world through solidarity, Monin says
  • Aug 14: Breaking News! BMWE strikes Conrail

    July 1998

  • July 29: Program flaw allows e-mail to carry killer virus
  • July 29: UP predicts problems shipping grain in Mexico
  • July 29: News Flash Special Section: GM, UAW end strike
  • July 28: BLE helps create international rail union alliance
  • July 28: UAW, GM feel pressure to reach settlement
  • July 28: Carey banned for life from Teamsters
  • July 28: UP, Dow Chemical settle lawsuit
  • July 27: Sources say GM, UAW close to deal
  • July 24: FRA orders high speed rail safety measures
  • July 24: BRS, WLE seek arbitration
  • July 24: STB gives written approval of Conrail deal
  • July 24: UP reports $419 million loss
  • July 24: Arbiter's ruling could limit UAW's ability to strike
  • July 24: CN sells trackage to Pa. company
  • July 23: UAW emphasizes the real issues behind the strikes
  • July 23: Arbitration begins for GM, UAW
  • July 22: OSHA issues heat advisory for workers
  • July 22: Legislators blast Surface Transportation Board over Conrail deal
  • July 22: AFL-CIO launches campaign for Patients' Bill of Rights
  • July 22: UAW, GM head to arbitration
  • July 21: Canadian National-Illinois Central file application before STB
  • July 21: AFL-CIO begins health care reform advertising blitz
  • July 21: UAW pessimistic on strike
  • July 20: Pickett re-elected to head BRS
  • July 20: Bridge collapses day after napalm train passes over
  • July 20: UAW holds summit; talks with GM resume tomorrow
  • July 20: Saturn workers OK strike against GM
  • July 17: CMA offers plan to end UP congestion
  • July 17: UP close to settlement in two lawsuits
  • July 17: UAW confident Saturn workers will OK strike
  • July 17: Environmentalists protest napalm train in Texas
  • July 17: Rail car shortages force farmers to dump crops
  • July 17: Workers at GM Saturn plant may strike Sunday
  • July 17: GM, UAW seek arbitration
  • July 15: Legislative Alert! Amtrak funding still in question
  • July 15: "Napalm train" heads to Texas chemical plant
  • July 14: BMWE President Fleming re-elected
  • July 10: BLE growth streak reaches 17 consecutive months
  • July 10: Legislative Alert! Amtrak funding under fire in Senate
  • July 10: Study reveals need for locomotive engineer stress debriefing
  • July 01: BLE, CSX sign new agreement

    June 1998

  • June 25: BLE Job Bank: NS hiring conductor trainees
  • June 25: BLE, Amtrak reach tentative contract
  • June 25: GM may take UAW strike into courtroom
  • June 22: BLE honors TWU picket lines in SEPTA strike
  • June 22: UAW talks with GM break down; strike continues
  • June 12: Solidarity on the ice
  • June 11: Support grows for Tim Lesher Fund
  • June 10: BLE mobilization helped in Proposition 226 win
  • June 10: Air France, pilots agree to new contract
  • June 09: SWCM set for San Antonio in August
  • June 09: Conrail Update: STB approves $10 billion Conrail sale
  • June 05: Deadline for SMA set for next week
  • June 05: Working families, unions to be given special Labor Day salute
  • June 05: Conrail Update: Collective bargaining agreements take center stage
  • June 04: Conrail Update: Senator threatens lawsuit in Conrail hearings
  • June 04: French rail union joins airline pilots strike
  • June 04: Grassroots organizing key to defeat of Proposition 226
  • June 03: BLE hero given Norfolk Southern's highest honor
  • June 03: California voters reject Proposition 226
  • June 01: 1998 EUMA Convention is set for July 30

    May 1998

  • May 26: Monin invites UP's Davis to closed meeting
  • May 22: BLE-UTU to explore 'new organization'
  • May 20: BLE-UTU talks continue in Montana this week
  • May 20: UP management, dispatcher blamed in fatal 1997 collision
  • May 19: Spaces going fast for July Local Chairman workshop
  • May 19: Train crew members often forgotten victims in crashes
  • May 15: Member killed in tragic accident
  • May 08: BLE turns 135 years old today
  • May 07: BLE celebrates 135th anniversary tomorrow
  • May 05: One killed, four in critical condition, following Amtrak crash
  • May 01: Terry Ivany steps down as president of Via Rail Canada
  • May 01: Casey Jones profiled in upcoming BLE History Book

    April 1998

  • Apr 30: Safety Task Force continues probe of fatal Montana collision
  • Apr 29: The truth behind California's Propositioin 226
  • Apr 28: BLE court victory protects jobs on Via Rail
  • Apr 27: FRA holds "listening post" meetings this week
  • Apr 24: Div. 391 sponsors golf tournament to benefit Tim Lesher Fund
  • Apr 21: Fatal crash prompts BLE action
  • Apr 20: Local chairmen will receive hands-on training at BLE workshop
  • Apr 17: Deadlines coming soon for 1998 BLE regional meetings
  • Apr 13: BLE, UTU leaders meet in Cleveland
  • Apr 13: 20 passengers hurt in Amtrak derailment near Pittsburgh
  • Apr 09: Total BLE membership increases for 14th month in a row
  • Apr 08: BLE Div. 404 member P.M. Corcoran receives safety award
  • Apr 07: History Channel documentary features BLE engineer
  • Apr 06: Mobilization workshop planned for April 25-26 in Las Vegas

    March 1998

  • Mar 31: BLE-UTU summit talks set for April 9 in Cleveland
  • Mar 27: Sweeney issues AFL-CIO statement on BLE-UTU situation
  • Mar 25: AFL-CIO proposal may lead to resolution in UTU conflict
  • Mar 25: Safety Task Force dispatched to scene of Indiana collision
  • Mar 24: NTSB hearings on UP put on recess
  • Mar 20: UP says safety "needed to be fortified" during SP merger
  • Mar 19: TTD establishes 1998 agenda at Winter Executive Committee meeting
  • Mar 18: BLE wins Article XX appeal; UTU held in violation of AFL-CIO constitution
  • Mar 17: BLE well-represented at AFL-CIO Executive Council meetings
  • Mar 17: BLE mobilized for action on Union Pacific
  • Mar 16: TTD may seek to disband Surface Transportation Board
  • Mar 16: BLE Rail Traffic Controllers reach tentative pact with Canadian National
  • Mar 16: BMWE President blasts UTU leadership
  • Mar 11: Fellow rail unions comdemn UTU raiding attempt
  • Mar 04: BLE mobilizing defense strategy on UP
  • Mar 03: History Channel seeks steam, diesel locomotive engineers for documentary
  • Mar 03: BLE Division 391 establishes "Tim Lesher Fund" to aid ailing member

    February 1998

  • Feb 27: Breaking News! BLE victorious over UTU in Article XX hearing
  • Feb 26: STB extends Union Pacific service order through August 2
  • Feb 26: FRA report criticizes safety deficiencies on Union Pacific
  • Feb 25: BMWE, CP Rail reach tentative contract agreement
  • Feb 25: BLE announces new Joint Craft Scholarship Program
  • Feb 24: DOT issues final written briefs on CSX, NS purchase of Conrail
  • Feb 24: BLE joins NTSB in public hearing to investigate Union Pacific
  • Feb 24: Kansas City Southern looks south of the border
  • Feb 20: BLE drops opposition to CSX, NS buyout of Conrail
  • Feb 19: Monin issues advisory on locomotive auxiliary lights
  • Feb 19: UP agrees to share track with BNSF
  • Feb 19: FRA to test Positive Train Control on UP in Illinois
  • Feb 18: UTU acts as carrier puppet in seeking to eliminate BLE
  • Feb 13: FRA, Wisconsin Central agree to limit use of remote control, one-man trains
  • Feb 13: Check your speed -- beware of decertification!
  • Feb 12: Secretary-Treasurer training class confirmed for April 16-18
  • Feb 12: BLE Rail Traffic Controllers, CP Rail reach tentative contract
  • Feb 11: Canadian National to purchase Illinois Central
  • Feb 10: George Meany Center offers free hazmat training programs
  • Feb 10: BLE Tax Dept. issues advisory to all U.S. secretary-treasurers
  • Feb 09: BLE vows fight to protect craft of Locomotive Engineer
  • Feb 09: Full text of the BLE resolution
  • Feb 06: Written briefs due to NMB on March 2

    January 1998

  • Jan 30: SENSE safety program has successful first week on CSX
  • Jan 30: Seven steps to safety -- how SENSE works
  • Jan 29: Monin announces release of BLE's 135th anniversary history book
  • Jan 27: CN Rail-BLE contract negotiations begin
  • Jan 23: BLE fact versus UTU fiction -- the truth behind UTU propaganda
  • Jan 22: Legislative Alert: Amtrak funding threatened
  • Jan 21: A message to all BLE members from President Monin
  • Jan 16: Rail labor pledges fight to maintain solidarity
  • Jan 13: Rail labor backs BLE, condemns UTU raiding attempt
  • Jan 13: Full text of TTD Rail Labor Division resolution, opposing the UTU attack
  • Jan 12: BLE rejects "desperate" move by UTU
  • Jan 06: Secretary-Treasurers beware when using RRBLINK software for taxes
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