The nation's major carriers could receive a windfall of up to $170 million per year under an amendment to H.R. 4844, the bill to provide tax and benefit changes to the Railroad Retirement Act.

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TTD votes to mobilize team of political activists
Delegates to the convention agreed July 20 to mobilize a permanent force of political activists who will continue working between national elections to "promote an agenda to create jobs, improve safety and strengthen job security for millions of American transportation workers," said Transport Workers and TTD President Sonny Hall.

BLE delegation attends TTD convention in Washington D.C.
International President Edward Dubroski led the BLE delegation at the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department's (TTD) 10th Anniversary Convention, July 20-21 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

BLE argues against remote control locomotives at FRA conference
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) held a Technical Conference on Remote Control Locomotives on July 19, 2000. The conference was attended by over 75 representatives of the railroad industry, rail labor and industry suppliers. The rail labor contingent was comprised of representatives of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE), the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) and the United Transportation Union (UTU). United Steelworkers of America representative Frank Grimes also attended the meeting, to provide details on numerous accidents, including fatalities, connected with the use of remote control in steel plants.

DC Feedback: Noise levels inside the cab
Answers to questions about federal laws, Federal Railroad Administration rules that impact your job, or about pending legislation governing our industry.

BLE making tracks on the campaign trail
BLE Vice-President & U.S. National Legislative Representative Leroy D. Jones recently met with U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton at a Democratic fund-raiser in Washington D.C. Brother Jones has met with several other candidates and stresses to BLE members the importance of supporting labor-friendly candidates for the House and Senate.

BLE Senior Report: Unemployment and sickness benefits under RRB
A new benefit year under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act began July 1, 2000. Administered by the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, this Act provides two kinds of benefits for qualified railroaders: unemployment benefits for those who become unemployed but are ready, willing and able to work; and sickness benefits for those who are unable to work because of sickness or injury.

Eastern Union Meeting Association photo highlights
The 2000 EUMA was held June 27-July 1 in Niagara Falls, Canada.

BLE News

  • Members can make early bird reservations for 2001 conventions
  • Nominations for division officers begin in September

General Chairman Marv Mitchell dies of heart attack
"We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Brother Mitchell," said BLE International President Edward Dubroski. "Marv provided many years of dedicated service to our Brotherhood. He will be missed."

ID officers address Illinois Central General Committee meeting
The Illinois Central General Committee of Adjustment held its Quadrennial meeting on April 3-4 at the Grand Casino Terrace Hotel in Robinsonville, Miss. General Chairman Koonce reports that International President Edward Dubroski, First Vice-President Jim McCoy and Vice-President Richard K. Radek addressed the delegates.

Montana engineers elect State Legislative Board officers
Delegates and members of the BLE's Montana State Legislative Board held their quadrennial meeting from June 21-22 in Billings, Mont. The Board considered a number of matters and elected officers for four-year terms.

BLE welcomes new members
Membership in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers is growing to numbers not seen in decades as North America's oldest railroad labor union welcomes a new and diversified membership.

In the past year, the BLE has initiated nearly 3,500 new members -- an average of 290 per month -- to bring overall membership to more than 59,500. This unprecedented growth streak is due in large part to the BLE's active recruitment of conductors and trainmen.

Congratulations to BLE Division 231 in Philadelphia
The International Division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers recognizes BLE Division 231 (Philadelphia) for its 100 percent participation in the BLE-PAC.


Volume 14 - Number 8
August 2000

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