Release of tentative national contract
As this issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News goes to press,
release of the BLET's tentative national contract has been delayed pending
resolution of two outstanding issues.
Members asked to spread the 'limbo
BLET members are encouraged to contact their members of Congress and
urge them to include provisions to eliminate limbo time in any rail safety
legislation that is introduced in the coming term.
The BLET and its allies in Rail Labor have been lobbying behind the scenes
on this issue and believe that introduction of rail safety legislation is
House of Representatives OKs rail
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Rail and Public Transportation
Security Act, H.R. 1401, on March 27. The legislation passed by a vote of
The legislation gives the Department of Homeland Security $7.3 billion
over four years to assess risks, train workers and secure tunnels for roads
and railways. The Senate earlier this month attached a similar $4 billion
measure to broader legislation aimed at carrying out the recommendations
of the Sept. 11 Commission.
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