BLE, Teamsters move ahead
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the International Brotherhood
of Teamsters announced on September 6 the appointment of four joint committees
charged with the task of drafting a Merger Agreement for the two organizations.
BLE plan would cut fatigue
Leaders of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers presented a three-pronged
fatigue countermeasures plan to the railroad industry and government regulators
on September 5 at a meeting in Washington, D.C.
BLE aids "whole body vibration"
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers recently contracted with Dr.
Eckard Johanning to perform research on the level of vibration inside locomotive
cabs and its effects on train crew members. Dr. Johanning gave a presentation
to BLE members at the Eastern Union Meeting Association's opening ceremony
on August 19.
Railroader's leg severed in remote
A railroader was in critical but stable condition at Queen of the Valley
Hospital in Napa Valley, Calif., on September 19 after his left leg was
crushed when two train cars collided at a switching yard on September 17.
Kent Kahle, 46, an employee of California Northern Railroad Company,
was attaching train cars to an engine using remote control when the accident
occurred, Sheriff's Capt. Gene Lyerla said in the September 19 issue of
the Napa Valley Register.