What's Inside
Volume 21 - Number 8
August 2007

BLET Job Bank: Amtrak

2007 SWCM registration information

General Chairman Tom Roberts reelected

State Chairman Scott Palmer reelected

GC Dennis Pierce wins reelection

GC Mike Priester reelected

Tim Smith elected new NASLBC chairman

Western General Chairmen elect Priester

President Hahs talks safety with CSX

BLET testifies before Senate on rail safety

A message from IBT General President James P. Hoffa

Advisory Board June 2007 Activity

Calendar & Events


BLET, Amtrak reach tentative pact

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen initialed a tentative contract agreement with Amtrak on July 19, ending a 7-year stalemate.

The tentative agreement would run through September 2010 and provide wage increases for 1,300 locomotive engineers who operate passenger trains over Amtrak's 21,000 mile, 46-state route system.

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President Hahs helps dedicate environmentally friendly locomotives at Pacific Harbor Line

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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Members OK new contract at NYS&W

The agreement, reached in mid-July, was ratified by a 10-to-1 majority. It provides an immediate increase of 9 percent in the hourly rate of pay and an additional 9 percent general wage increase over the life of the contract, which runs through the end of 2010. It also provides for a $5,800 lump sum benefit payable in three equal installments beginning shortly after ratification and continuing through 2009. The agreement covers approximately 40 members.

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President Bush signs rail security bill into law

On August 3, President Bush signed into law the "Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007." Passage of the bill is a milestone accomplishment for the BLET and all of Rail Labor.

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