Rail workers testify to Congress
about on the job injury cover ups
Rail union employees from Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern railroads
testified on October 25 before a House committee about how their supervisors
discouraged them from reporting serious accidents or even delayed treatment
for their injuries.
In The Line of Duty: J.D. Artino,
Two members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen lost
their lives in a fatal Union Pacific train accident on November 10. Locomotive
engineer J.D. Artino, 56, and conductor J.P. Walker, 42, were both killed
when their Union Pacific train rear-ended another in Bertram, Calif., on
UP's Yuma Subdivision.
FMLA update: Unions wait for Supreme
If the current schedule is adhered to, it is likely that the Supreme
Court will not decide whether to take the case until later in the winter
or early spring 2008. If the Court does grant the Carriers' petition, the
case then has to be fully briefed on the merits and set for oral argument.
Under this scenario, oral argument would not occur until the Supreme Court's
next term, which begins next October. While the BLET and others in Rail
Labor are fighting to end the FMLA injustice as quickly as possible, realistically,
a final decision is well into the future.
United Healtcare inroduced Railroad
Information Depot to help members with medical issues
UnitedHealthcare recently created a new website designed specifically
for all Railroad members. This new website can be accessed at www.myuhc.com/groups/railroadinfo
by all members regardless of their medical carrier, and provides important
information you may need as an active, pre-retiree or retired Railroad member.