What's Inside
Volume 21 - Number 6 & 7
June/July 2007

BLET keeps top health care package in PATH contract

Former BLE President John Sytsma, 1921-2007

BLET Obituaries

Last Runs & Honor Rolls

Rail carrier first quarter income

History f the BLET, Part 1 of a Series

American Income Life issues reminder

BLET contracts protect engineer work

Briggs reelected Texas State Legislative Board Chairman

>Members advised to check Retirement Board Form BA-6 for accuracy

WC General Chairman Reynolds reelected by acclamation

BLET Auxiliary Update

Designated Legal Counsel

BLET asked to help with PBS documentary

A message from IBT General President Jim Hoffa

Advisory Board May 2007 Activity

Calendar & Events


Members OK new national contract

By a majority of 2-1, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen members nationwide voted in favor of the new freight rail contract negotiated by the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition. The BLET members' votes were the first in the coalition to be counted.

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CSX members ratify new system agreement

In mid-April, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have ratified a single system agreement with CSX Transportation, according to National Secretary-Treasurer William Walpert, whose office was responsible for the vote count.

The new single system agreement unifies work rules and pay across three of the four BLET general committees at CSX and covers approximately 5,500 members. NST Walpert said the contract was ratified by a vote of 1,580 for and 1,113 against.

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Metra engineers OK 7-year deal

Metra commuter engineers (former IC-Electric, MILW and Rock Island) represented by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen ratified a new seven year contract by a two-thirds majority.

The agreement provides wage increases of 16.5 percent over the life of the contract, which runs through July 1, 2010. Members will also receive a 2.5 percent lump sum bonus (a minimum of $1,200) and retroactive wage increases dating to July 1, 2006.

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Why you should support the BLET-PAC

The last two decades have been an historic gilded age for corporations and big business, and few industries have been rewarded as handsomely by this culture as much as the railroad industry. As the U.S. economy has continued to grow, so has the gap between the richest Americans and the working man and woman. As companies continue to reap record profits ­ often while becoming embroiled in one scandal after another ­ everyday workers, like locomotive engineers and trainmen, who literally make the country move, have rarely shared in this record breaking prosperity.

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