Members create new Regional &
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.
'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.
First VP Rodzwics challenges industry
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.
BLET launches web-based Tax Compliance
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.