A supreme win for Rail Labor
On January 14, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not consider
overruling the favorable decisions obtained by Rail Labor in the ongoing
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) litigation.
Division 269 members OK contract
Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division
269 ratified a new contract agreement with the Long Island Rail Road on
According to LIRR General Chairman Mickey Quinn, the contract will cover
approximately 420 locomotive engineers and was ratified by a 4-to-1 majority.
BLET member Jason Lehnen voted
quintessential American worker
When the votes were tallied, the working people of America picked a BLET
member, a Harley riding father of three from Minnesota, as the quintessential
American Worker for 2008.
Brother Jason Lehnen, a Union Pacific locomotive engineer and member
of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 333 in St.
Paul, Minn., was announced the winner of the online contest on January 7.
Brother Lehnen, 33, has worked for the UP for the past four years, joining
the BLET on March 1, 2005. Prior to that he was a Harley Davidson motorcycle
mechanic for four years, and said that he "proudly served as a United
States Marine" for six years.
Amtrak, eight non-op unions reach
On January 18, a coalition of eight Amtrak non-operating unions signed
a tentative contract agreement with Amtrak, which basically adopts the recommendations
of Presidential Emergency Board 242.