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Volume 19 - Number 7
July 2005

President Hahs letter to all NS trainmen

BLET member reminds UTU leader of reality

BMWED member responds to UTU distortions

BLET wins duty of fair representation lawsuit

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Essay Contest

President Hahs: Increase funding for rail security training

In the Line of Duty: Mark Cain and Arthur "Buddy" Irby

FRA rule calls for improved 'black box' standards

BLET seeks human factors input on rule violations

RRB submits annual financial reports to Congress

78th annual SMA photo album, 1 of 2

78th annual SMA photo album, 2 of 2

Advisory Board May 2005 Activity

Calendar & Events


BLET, Teamsters leave AFL-CIO

Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa issued the following statement on July 25

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President Hahs statement on withdrawal from AFL-CIO

It was a difficult decision and was not made lightly. Some nine months of failed negotiations between Change to Win and AFL-CIO representatives went into the decision. Change to Win believes labor must organize more members and grow the labor movement. Change to Win also requested several AFL-CIO constitutional changes. AFL-CIO was not willing to make the requested changes.

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War for Amtrak funding continues

By a vote of 17-4, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved S. 1516, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2005, on July 28.

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Members vote on Division size initiative

As part of the merger document with the Teamsters, BLET members will consider a constitutional provision this month that may impact the size of local divisions.

In question is Section 37(b) of the Brotherhood's bylaws, which calls for a membership vote on whether they want to keep divisions at their current size or merge them with other divisions if active membership in the division falls below 25.

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