What's Inside
Volume 19 - Number 4
April 2005

Opinion: Will the real Paul Thompson please stand up!?

Opinion: An Engineer's reflection on managing fatigue

DOT report blasts FRA on safety enforcement

Fund established to help son of BLET member

Annual Western General Chairmen's meeting ends

BLET mourns loss of dedicated member, Div. 404's Ted Myhre

BLET completes S-T training

How other pensions impact Railroad Retirement

Railroad Retirement Board Informational Conferences

Montana highway named in honor of late BLET member

Chuck Yenni, 1924-2005

BLET News Briefs

Amtrak: An essential mode of transportation

Advisory Board February 2005 Activity

Calendar & Events


Rail Labor fights to save Amtrak jobs

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved two bills on April 27, H.R. 1630 and H.R. 1631, that would provide funding for Amtrak and would improve high-speed passenger rail.

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Remote control claims another victim

A Union Pacific switchman was killed in a remote control switching accident in Riverdale, Utah, on April 11, underscoring the dangers of unregulated remote control train operations.

Early reports indicate that a lack of training may have contributed to the fatality, the latest in a string of serious remote control related accidents.

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FRA issues safety advisory for reservoir tanks

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen's National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C., is warning its members of potential "catastrophic failures" in main air reservoir tanks of certain General Electric locomotives.

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BLET, CN-IC sign tentative agreement

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen who work on CN's former Illinois Central properties will vote on a tentative contract proposal on May 23.

The tentative agreement, announced on April 12, provides for more flexible work rules and an hourly wage structure. Specific details of the agreement are being withheld pending ratification.

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