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Volume 21 - Number 3
March 2007

BLET, CSX reach tentative 'single system' agreement

Rail Labor scores another win for FMLA

BLET members ask Ad Council to pull offensive TV commercial

STs finish Education & Training workshop in Kansas City

Meek reelected by acclamation as Nebraska SLBC

Jones reelected by acclamation as Wyoming SLBC

BLET Auxiliary Update by Diane Shifflett

List of Designated Legal Counsel

Passenger Rail News

BLET's Western General Chairmen to meet May 1-3

Message from IBT President James P. Hoffa

Advisory Board February 2007 Activity

Calendar & Events


Tentative national contract reached

On February 28, the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (RLBC), comprised of the members of seven rail labor unions, reached a tentative agreement on a national contract with the National Carriers' Conference Committee (NCCC), which represents the interests of America's freight rail corporations.

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Summary of proposed national contract

The following is an outline summary of the major elements of the tentative agreement reached February 28, 2007, between the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (RLBC) and the National Carriers' Conference Committee (NCCC). This outline is not intended to provide a comprehensive description or analysis of the Agreement.

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BLET testifies before Congress on rail security

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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Supreme Court backs Rail Labor position on FELA

In a unanimous judgment, the United States Supreme Court issued a favorable decision in Norfolk Southern vs. Timothy Sorrell on January 10, 2007. In this case, the carriers attempted to use the nation's highest court to gut the Federal Employees Liability Act.

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