Hours of Service survey underway
On Friday, May 9, hundreds of surveys were mailed to randomly- selected
BLET and UTU members working in engine service or train service. The FRA-sponsored
scientific and confidential survey, conducted by Foster-Miller, Inc., is
designed to develop detailed information on hours of service and work/rest
schedules, and is similar to previous studies involving train dispatchers,
maintenance of way employees and signalmen.
Twombly joins BLET Advisory Board
BLET National President Ed Rodzwicz on May 22 welcomed Vice President
Michael D. Twombly as the newest member of the BLET's Advisory Board.
A General Chairman from the Delaware & Hudson/Springfield Terminal
Combined General Committee of Adjustment for 11 and a half years, Twombly
was elected to the position of Second Alternate Vice President at the First
Quadrennial Convention in 2006. He is a member of BLET Division 191 in Lunenburg,
Hedge fund investors plot takeover
As this issue of the News goes to press, a proxy fight continues to unfold
at CSX. At stake is the direction the company will take in the future if
it fails to fight off efforts by a hedge fund called The Children's Investment
Fund (TCI), which is seeking to capture leadership positions on the CSX
Board of Directors.
Flexible Benefits program allows
members to use pre-tax dollars to save on health care expenses
Sen. Barack Obama is the only presidential candidate who can right the
destructive wrongs of the past eight years.
Looking at Obama's record on trade issues and issues dear to working
families - such as his commitment to passing the Employee Free Choice Act
(EFCA) - the choice was clear for the Teamsters Union.
I've had several candid conversations with Obama. There's no doubt in
my mind that he has a genuine concern about not only our country's trade
policies, but about the hardworking men and women whose livelihoods and
families are affected by them.