What's Inside
Volume 18 - Number 2
April 2004

In The Line of Duty

Special thanks to Carrizozo, N.M. from the BLET

UP remote control wreck in Texas shows need for enforceable regulations

BLET members on CN's former GTW territory ratify new contract

BLET gets shortline organizing win at Portland & Western

Important notice from President Hahs regarding remote control locomotives

50th community enacts remote control safety resolution

Stratetgic planning sessions to include General Chairmen, State Legislative Board Chairmen

Carrier income reports, 2003 4th quarter

BLET calls for added freight, passenger rail security

Passenger rail news briefs

BLET Job Bank: Springfield Terminal

BLET Job Bank: Indiana Harbor Belt

2004 Railroad Retirement Informational conferences

Healthcare News

UTU evicted in Michigan

Advisory Board February 2004 Activity

Calendar & Events


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.

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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.

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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.

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Madrid terrorst attacks a wake-up call

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 Target Cities.

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