UTU withdraws from AFL-CIO
In pulling out of the AFL-CIO on March 15, the UTU took another step
toward fulfilling President Charles Little's campaign promises of last year
and set the stage for future attempts to destroy the Brotherhood of Locomotive
News Analysis: We may have won the battle, but
Little's war isn't over
The NMB decision effectively ended this two-year phase of a reckless
campaign by UTU leaders to raid the BLE and exposed their plan for the fraud
that it was. More than two years of effort and millions of dollars in dues-payer
money went down the tubes, and all UTU members wound up with was an application
that wasn't worth the paper it was written on. In less than seven days after
the UTU's failure before the NMB, the BLE showed why it is the leading rail
labor organization for operating employees.
Why the NMB panel ruled in favor of the BLE
The three-member panel appointed by the National Mediation Board to arbitrate
the BLE-UTU dispute cited several key pieces of evidence in ruling in favor
of the BLE's position.
What has your union done for you lately?
When the National Mediation Board denied the UTU's application to combine
railroad operating crafts and hold a representation election on the Union
Pacific, it put into perspective the major fundamental differences between
the BLE and UTU.
Highlights of sanctions that helped prompt UTU
to leave AFL-CIO
By a nearly unanimous voice vote, the AFL-CIO Executive Council passed
a resolution on February 16 adopting a policy that would stiffen sanctions
against affiliates found guilty of violating the "no raiding"
prohibition contained in Article XX of the Federation's Constitution.
Irish eyes are smiling on the BLE
Editor's Note: The BLE-UTU conflict on the Union Pacific has not gone
unnoticed. Railroad unions as far away as Ireland have kept close tabs on
the outcome of our struggle.
Thank You, AFL-CIO!
Thanks for standing behind the BLE!
The BLE's success in fending off the UTU's attempted raid is due largely
in part to support from the AFL-CIO and its affiliates. The BLE wishes to
thank all of Rail Labor, AFL-CIO Executive Vice-President Linda Chavez-Thompson,
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO President John J.
Sweeney, all AFL-CIO affiliates, and the Transportation Trades Department
for their support.
Illustration by Geoffrey T. Schenkel, Journeyman Scenic Artist, International
Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, CLC, Local #93, Marietta,
Part 3: 'Reliance' and 'distraction' effects
in PTC automation
- By T. B. Sheridan (MIT),
- F. C. Gamst (Univ. of Mass., Boston),
- and R. A. Harvey, BLE
- White Paper, 11/28/99
Reliance level 1. To the existing method of operation described above
we add a system component that proovides an audible warning in advance of
a CSR. (For discussion purposes the train's speed is not enforced by a wayside
or on-board component or subsystem.) The audible warning adds a level of
safety but does not replace any of the required rules or does not control
the train's brakes. The reliance on that audible warning would be assigned
BLE first rail union to support proposed BNSF-CN
With the unanimous support of the General Chairmen who represent locomotive
engineers on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and the Canadian
National Railway, including its Grand Trunk Western and Illinois Central
components, BLE International President Ed Dubroski on February 29 signed
a letter with the Chief Executive Officers of BNSF and CN under which, in
exchange for certain labor protection commitments, the BLE will support
the proposed merger of the two companies.
En Français: La FIL établit de
nouvelles normes pour la protection du travail
Avec le support unanime des Présidents généraux
qui représentent les ingénieurs de locomotives sur le Northern
Burlington Santa Fe Railroad et les chemins de fer du Canadien National,
incluant ses composantes Grand Trunk Western et Illinois Central, ainsi
que les contrôleurs de la circulation ferroviaire du CN, le Président
international de la FIL Ed Dubroski a signé une lettre avec les premiers
dirigeants du BNSF et CN selon laquelle, en échange de certains engagements
pour la protection du travail, la FIL supportera la fusion proposée
des deux compagnies.
BLE 'Target List' of non-supporters for H.R.
Below is a "Target List" of legislators who are not yet supporting
H.R. 3091. BLE members are urged to contact them for their support of H.R.
3091. They are listed in state-by-state order so members can easily find
BLE list of 185 co-sponsors of H.R. 3091
Below is a list of the 185 co-sponsors of H.R. 3091. BLE members are
encouraged to thank them for endorsing this much needed legislation.
Benefits under Railroad Retirement compared
to Social Security
Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay higher
retirement taxes than those covered by the Social Security Act, so that
railroad retirement benefits remain substantially higher than social security
Railroad Retirement Board informational conferences
The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board will conduct free informational conferences
throughout the U.S. next month. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. for
each conference. All sessions begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:15
p.m. Locations are as follows:
New BLE-Norfolk Southern contract a post-85
Setting the tone for the current round of national wage negotiations,
the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers has reached a tentative agreement
with Norfolk Southern that will have a positive impact for post-85 engineers.
Wyoming two-person crew bill awaiting governor's
A two-person crew bill was passed by the Wyoming House of Representatives
on March 9, reports BLE Wyoming State Legislative Board Chairman Kevin J.
Do you have sleep apnea? You just might, but
not be aware of it
Sleep Apnea was first described in 1965 as a breathing disorder characterized
by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. Generally speaking, it
prohibits an individual from breathing and sleeping at the same time. "Apnea"
is a Greek word meaning "want of breath."
National Sleep Awarenss Week is March 27-April
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a nonprofit organization that promotes
public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, is sponsoring "Wake
Up Call 2000: National Sleep Awareness Week" from March 27-April 2.
In addition, the American Sleep Apnea association is holding its second
annual National Sleep Apnea Awareness Day on March 27.
BMWE wins UP strike
The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes scored a major victory
over the Union Pacific Railroad this month after successfully striking to
prevent the railroad from closing a plant that employed dozens of BMWE workers.
BLE Division 239 pickets with Teamsters against
In a show of solidarity, members of BLE Division 239 (Knoxville, Tenn.)
helped man ambulatory pickets lines with members of Teamster Local 519 in
their ongoing strike against Overnite Transportation.
George Meany Center offers free hazmat training
courses to railroaders
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, in conjunction with the George
Meany Center for Labor Studies, will be conducting six four-day hazardous
waste/chemical emergency response training programs at the Center's campus
in Silver Spring, MD.