AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard L. Trumka was presented with a BLE Brass Bell by International President Edward Dubroski on June 6 after Trumka delivered a powerful speech at the BLE's International Western Convention in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

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Dubroski discusses safety with Montana governor
HELENA, Mont. -- BLE International President Edward Dubroski journeyed to Montana's capital city this month to discuss the proposed BNSF-CN merger and renew lines of communication with labor leaders here.

BLE helps legislative train crew protections in Kentucky
Thanks to the legislative efforts of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, train crew members in Kentucky cannot be forced to show their personal drivers' licenses to law enforcement officials following highway-rail grade crossing collisions.

In addition, insurance companies cannot raise the auto insurance rates of train crew members based on accidents that happen while working in a professional capacity for the railroad.

BLE position on use of locomotive horns
The Federal Railroad Administration is currently seeking input regarding proposed rulemaking legislation for the use of locomotive horns. The rule was proposed in January by the FRA in response to a law enacted by Congress in 1994 requiring locomotive horns to be sounded when a train approaches and enters a public highway-rail grade crossing. The following is a copy of the BLE's official submission to the FRA on the use of locomotive horns:

AFL-CIO, BLE seek to get out the vote
The BLE will begin an all-out effort to participate in the AFL-CIO's voter registration drive for union members. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has requested all local affiliates register 10 percent more of its membership by August 1.

BLE Senior Report: Obtaining credit for military service
The intent behind the crediting of military service under the Railroad Retirement Act is to prevent career railroad employees from losing retirement credits while performing active military service during a war or national emergency period. Therefore, to be creditable as railroad service under the Railroad Retirement Act, active service in the U.S. Armed Forces must be preceded by railroad service in the same or preceding calendar year.

Railroad Retirement Board sets informational conferences for 2000
The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board will conduct free informational conferences this year. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. for each conference. All sessions begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:15 p.m.

Canadian Spotlight
BLE member, two others, recognized for heroic actions

En Français: Un Membre de la FIL est recompense un acte héroïque
Il venait tout juste de déposé le combiné de la radio, lorsque Osborne a vu ce qui a semblé être un mur noir environ cent verges devant. Tout ce qu'il pouvait voir pendant qu'il se tenait à sa fenêtre était deux rails argentées suspendues lâchement dans un grand bol. Aucuns connecteurs, aucun ballast... et aucune terre. Les deux rangées de rail soudées continues de 115 livres flottaient à travers un ravin de 15 mètres de profond. Quatre-vingt-cinq mètres de remblai s'étaient effondrés.

Rail union solidarity nets MBTA victory
Union jobs are saved as MBTA signs a three-year maintenance contract with Amtrak.

House votes to slash funding for the Amtrak Reform Council
In a show of support for transportation labor's opposition to the Amtrak Reform Council, the U.S. House of Representatives on May 19 passed the Andrews-Ney Amendment, which cuts funding to the ARC by a half.

Despite labor's opposition, House OKs China trade relations
A $12 million advertising and lobbying blitz by big business groups convinced enough members of the U.S. House of Representatives to give up annual review of China's human and workers' rights record and grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations on May 24, the AFL-CIO reported.

FRA to address locomotive cab air conditioning
Improving locomotive cab working conditions is a top priority of the Federal Railroad Administration, said FRA Administrator Jolene Molitoris in a speech to BLE members attending the union's International Western Convention in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Photo highlights of IWC regional meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Jim Lance was chairman of the 2000 IWC, and keynote speakers included AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka and FRA Administrator Jolene Molitoris.

Photo highlights of IWC regional meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Jim Lance was chairman of the 2000 IWC, and keynote speakers included AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka and FRA Administrator Jolene Molitoris.

NTSB recognizes BLE fatigue countermeasures program
The National Transportation Safety Board has recognized the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers for its nationwide program to educate operating employees about the dangers of working while fatigued.

List of AFL-CIO National Boycotts
As compiled by the Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO

BLE state legislative board chairmen hold annual meeting in July
FRA Administrator Jolene Molitoris headlines the list of guest speakers. BLE President Edward Dubroski will also address the State Legislative Chairmen, as will Vice-President Leroy Jones, the BLE's U.S. National Legislative Board Chairman.

Success in recruiting
BLE Division 236 in Portland, Ore., has been one of the Brotherhood's fastest growing divisions of late.

Industry News Briefs
  • Update on Railroad Retirement
  • TTD celebrates 10th anniversary at annual convention
  • BLE releases online training video
  • NTSB investigates UP derailment outside Eunice, La.
  • Railroads give $185,000 to Senate republicans
  • Pittsburgh has sites set on becoming maglev hub
  • Creating awareness of locomotive engineers, the "quiet victims"
  • BNSF, CN file briefs to overturn STB's 15-month moratorium
  • UP fined $800,000 after toxic chemical spills
  • Four North American railroads team up on the Internet
  • Amtrak's Acela shoots for three hours from Boston to New York
  • NS takes city to federal court

Pre-registration form for SWCM
The 65th annual Southwestern Convention Meeting will take place in St. Louis, Mo., from September 17-22. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to pre-register by using this handy form.


Volume 14 - Number 6
June 2000

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