What's Inside
Volume 18 - Number 8
October 2004

BLET, IC&E at odds over contract

Neighborhood evacuated after remote control hazmat spill

House bill would outlaw hazmat remotes

Update on BLET short term disability insurance plan

BLET family needs your assistance

AFL-CIO's TTD begins mobilization as President Bush seeks to silence rail workers

Kerry sends loud message on transportation security

Railroad Retirement service credits and pay for time lost

Passenger Rail News Briefs

BLET sends best wishes to Betty Child

2004 BLET Fees Objector Policy

IWC photo recap, Part 1

IWC photo recap, Part 2

Election Day: Nov. 2, 2004

IBT Disaster Relief Fund

Advisory Board August 2004 Activity

Calendar & Events


UTU to charge 'maintenance fees'

As the BLET News was about to go to press, the National Division received a copy of a letter of intent signed by Robert Allen, Chairman of the National Railway Labor Conference, and Paul Thompson, President of the United Transportation Union. The letter, dated Nov. 1, 2004, gives the UTU the right to implement exclusive representation, seniority maintenance fees and seniority retention fees on Burlington Northern Santa Fe, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific.

Complete Story

BLET opposes Mexican inspection of U.S. trains

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen recently testified against allowing the Union Pacific Railroad to operate trains to the far interior of the United States with inspections of safety critical equipment done in Mexico.

Complete Story

Railroad Retirement Board clarifies UTU falsehood

The Legal Department of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board has come forth and denied a major falsehood being spread by the United Transportation Union regarding the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Railroad Retirement Trust Fund.

Complete Story

New England Central workers vote BLET

Train and engine service employees at the New England Central Railroad selected the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen/Teamsters as their designated collective bargaining representative on September 22.

Complete Story


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