BLET endorses Kerry for President
The Executive Committee of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and
Trainmen voted unanimously to endorse Senator John F. Kerry for President
of the United States.
TTD resolution calls for an end
to remote control
The Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department
unanimously approved a policy resolution on March 7 that calls for an end
to remote control train operations.
"It should now be clear, if there was any doubt, that remote control
locomotives are dangerous and must be regulated or eliminated," the
TTD resolution states.
BLET conducts planning session;
VP Geiger to head new Trainmen Department
The Advisory Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen,
a division of the Teamsters Rail Conference, conducted its first strategic
planning session in late February. The Union's approach for collective bargaining,
safety, and security were among key topics at the meeting. A significant
point during the three-day session was the structure of the Trainmen Department
within the BLET.
Madrid terrorst attacks a wake-up
The tragic March 11 terrorist attack in Madrid on commuter rail lines
must serve as a wake-up call to the United States regarding railroad security.
The railroads are not only potentially dangerous to the traveling public
but also to communities across the country. Our nation's railroads, the
largest carriers of hazardous materials, continue to route through-shipments
of highly hazardous industrial chemical cargoes, such as liquefied chlorine,
through dense urban cores of even the most vulnerable and visible High Threat