What's Inside
Volume 11 - Number 1
January 2001

DC Feedback: Requirements for reporting the use of prescription drugs and over-the- counter medications

Congressman addresses North Dakota State Legislative Board

BLE intervenes in 13(c) fight, a battle to save union jobs

Deadlines approach for 2001 S-T Compliance Classes

George Meany Center offers online hazmat training courses

Appeals court reverses 'major dispute' ruling in BMWE case

BLE scores victory for organized labor in GM dispute

Notice: Broken engine seats

Industry news briefs

AFL-CIO national boycotts

In the Line of Duty: D.E. Nichols Jr.

Railroad Retirement Board reminders for 2001

Springfield Terminal/Delaware & Hudson GCofA

Public Service Announcement for Vietnam Veterans

Advisory Board December Activity

Calendar & Events


NMB rejects UTU appeal for UP representation election

In a major blow to the United Transportation Union and its embattled International President, the National Mediation Board on December 21 denied that union's appeal to reconsider the 1998 petition to hold a representation election on the Union Pacific Railroad.

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BLE appeals bitter NMB split decision to destroy operating crafts at Terminal RR

In an almost unprecedented split decision, the National Mediation Board has ruled 2-to-1 to destroy the crafts of locomotive engineer and switchman on the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA).

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, however, filed a petition for reconsideration of the NMB's December 21 ruling, citing numerous "fatal flaws in legal analysis," including a lack of cross-utilization of engineers and train service employees.

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Railroad Retirement legislation reintroduced

After carefully reviewing the language contained in H.R. 180, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers announced on January 11 that it is supporting the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

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Bush transition teams show heavy pro-employer bias

Perhaps foreshadowing things to come, President-elect George W. Bush has released the names of members of his transportation and labor transition advisory teams -- and it doesn't look good for labor.

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FRA issues much-needed proposed rule on locomotive cab sanitation standards

The Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on January 2, proposing sanitation standards for toilet and washing facilities in locomotive cabs. The proposal provides exceptions for certain existing equipment and operations, and establishes servicing requirements.

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Runaway remote control locomotive derails on Union Pacific mainline

The derailment of a runaway remote control locomotive on the Union Pacific mainline outside of Blair, Neb., on December 19 underscored the concern of the BLE and others about the unregulated use of such technology.

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