What's Inside
Volume 22 - Number 5 & 6
May/June 2008

FRA rules on Part 218 re- consideration petitions

Audit of BLET members' eligible dependents continues

DOT warns against anti- smoking drug Chantix

Enhanced life insurance benefit now available to BLET members

Priester re- elected at WGCA meeting

Job Bank: BLET National Legislative Office

Brother E.N. Hilger marks 100th birthday

Tucson Old Timers hold reunion

BLET marks 145th anniversary on May 8

Craig Gilchrist reelected Montana SLBC

CN-IC: John Koonce reelected by acclamation

CSX-Eastern Lines: Tony Smith reelected by acclamation

NS-Eastern Lines: Willard Knight reelected by acclamation

Former BLET General Chairman Bob Godwin, 1938-2008

A message from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa

Advisory Board May 2008 Activity

Calendar & Events


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.

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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, Mass.

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Hedge fund investors plot takeover at CSX

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.

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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.

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