BLET helps grant a special wish
Josh Mills had a day to remember on February 23, thanks to the Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and CSX.
Josh, 13, was made an "Honorary Locomotive Engineer" by the
BLET and was given a behind the scenes tour of the CSX rail yard in Flint,
Mich. He also enjoyed an authentic railroad lunch served in a vintage cook
car and even got to meet a CSX railroad police officer along with his dog,
Josh and his father Tony were extended these unique courtesies by CSX
and the BLET in hopes of giving the family some special memories that will
last a lifetime.
At just 13 years old, Josh has spent the last six months battling a cancerous
Tentative contract at Amtrak
The BLET and Amtrak have reached tentative agreement covering 1,300 passenger
engineers who operate trains over Amtrak's 21,000-mile, 46-state system.
Hours of Service survey coming
Train and engine service employees will get a chance this spring to help
their union and the Federal Railroad Administration better understand their
work schedule-related fatigue issues. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
and Trainmen and the United Transportation Union are cooperating with the
FRA in this project.
Railroad Retirement annuitants
must file income tax form to receive economic stimulus payments
Most taxpayers do not need to take any extra steps to receive these payments.
However, some railroad retirement annuitants, social security beneficiaries,
and recipients of certain veterans' benefits, who might not otherwise need
to file a 2007 tax return, must do so to receive the stimulus payment. The
return must show at least $3,000 in qualifying income.