High alert on rail security
The Teamsters Rail Conference released a report on September 29 documenting
vulnerabilities on America's railways. Employees of Union Pacific, CSX,
Norfolk Southern, Burlington Northern and others participated in the report.
Rail workers from coast to coast tell of a startling lack of safety and
security measures in place along the nation's rail network.
The 'pretzel logic' of remote
Since the BLET's release in late July of a comprehensive study of remote
control locomotive ("RCL") operations authored by renowned railroad
work organization expert Dr. Frederick C. Gamst and former Federal Railroad
Administration ("FRA") Associate Administrator for Safety George
A. Gavalla, the silence from FRA, the Association of American Railroads
("AAR") - the industry's lobbying arm - and the United Transportation
Union ("UTU") has been deafening.
Members urged to act on Senate
BLET members are urged to contact their U.S. Senators and ask them to
support S. 1516, a bill that would provide long-term funding for Amtrak.
Important information about United
On January 1, 2006, Medicare's new prescription drug coverage will go
into effect. As a result, your current plan, GA-23111 Plan D, will no longer
provide you with a prescription drug benefit as of that date. Only the prescription
drug benefit will be discontinued from your plan; all other health benefits
will remain unchanged.