What's Inside
Volume 21 - Number 2
February 2007

BLET Auxiliary Update

BLET Auxiliary secures passage of safety resolution

New law gives boost to retiree income

NASLBC to hold annual meeting April 26-28

New ECP braking technology would boost safety

FRA Safety Advisory asks railroads to strengthen yard safety

2007 Railroad Retirement Board Info. Conferences

Buddy White reelected Georgia Chairman

Rich Dixon reelected as Septa General Chairman

Illinois joins Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact

National Legislative Office launches website

Locomotive theft ignites rail security push in Ohio

In the halls of Congress...

'Railroading 101'

BLET General Chairmen conclude workshop

Registration begins for 80th SMA at Walt Disney World

A message from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa

Advisory Board January 2007 Activity

Calendar & Events


Members create new Regional & Shortline GCofA

Leaders of several short line railroads created their own BLET General Committee of Adjustment in historic meetings held in Cleveland on January 10 and 11.

The new Regional and Shortline General Committee of Adjustment is the first of its kind. It will provide a powerful voice and stronger representation to more than 300 members from 10 different shortline railroads throughout the United States. The new General Committee will focus exclusively on the representation of its shortline members.

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'Whopping' 91 percent ratifies new GTW agreement

By a landslide 91 percent majority, BLET members represented by the Grand Trunk Western General Committee of Adjustment approved a new five year contract with CN on January 15.

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First VP Rodzwics challenges industry on fatigue

BLET First Vice President Ed Rodzwicz, in his role as president of the Teamsters Rail Conference, testified at hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials on January 31. He testified that rail employees are suffering from fatigue due to staffing levels and over-scheduling and that unsignaled areas of track are a danger that can be easily remedied.

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BLET launches web-based Tax Compliance program

The BLET National Division launched its new online Tax Compliance reporting system on January 9, another Internet-based innovation aimed at making the jobs of Secretary-Treasurers a little bit easier.

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