What's Inside
Volume 19 - Number 11
November 2005

Part II: The Pretzel Logic of remote control

Metra engineers reinstated, thanks to BLET

Senate passes Amtrak long-term funding provision; Bush threatens veto

BNSF GCofA (Santa Fe) elects officers

Cole Davis new General Chairman of NS-Northern Lines GCofA

Moates new CSXT- Western Lines General Chairman

Finamore new CSXT-North Lines General Chairman

LM-30 advisory: 'De minimis' exemption increased

November election results represent a win for working families

GIA Dialogue: Working to preserve what we're thankful for

Do you have a special talent? Tell us about it!

Election Supervisor's first report to the BLET

A message from Teamsters President Jim Hoffa

Advisory Board September 2005 Activity

Calendar & Events


Railroad carriers' toxic brew

Numerous security and safety breaches on the nation's railways in October, including a man who allegedly hijacked a train with a bow and arrow, reinforce the findings of the Teamsters Rail Conference report, "High Alert: Workers Warn of Security Gaps on Nation's Railroads."

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Senate focuses on rail security

The U.S. Senate is currently considering a bill that seeks to improve the security of America's freight and passenger rail transportation system. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on October 20, regarding S. 1052, the Transportation Security Improvement Act. The hearing also examined public and private sector actions taken to enhance the security of passenger and freight rail transportation in light of September 11, 2001, and various attacks on rail systems overseas.

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Latest FRA emergency ordeer off the mark

In a bold step, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has set a November 22 deadline for an emergency order mandating that Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Norfolk Southern, CSX and all other railroads take specific and immediate steps to fix a growing safety problem which has lead to an increasing number of train accidents, resulting in nine serious train crashes, ten fatalities and injuries to more than 600 people since January of 2005. Under the Emergency Order, any railroad company, supervisor or employee who violates the procedures mandated in the order may be liable for a civil penalty of up to $27,000.

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FRA publishes Q&A on Emergency Order No. 24

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published 29 questions and answers concerning Emergency Order No. 24 (EO 24), which will take effect on November 22. You can view or download the questions and answers from the BLET website.

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