What's Inside
Volume 21 - Number 11
November 2007

Last Run: Division 11 honors two recent retirees

Honor Roll: Two long time members from Division 219

Honor Roll: Div. 561's Ferguson a 51-year BLE member

Last Run: James F. Allen retires 33 years accident free

Last Run: Division 607 honors three retirees

Honor Roll: Butch Garrett marks 61 years of membership

Last Run: Scotty Hull, Div. 328, retires after 41 years

BLET Auxiliary Update: Project Vote Smart

Register to vote in 2008!

MetLife adjusts short term disability plan

Insurance co. conducts dependent eligibility audit

National Division welcomes Dan Cook

Brotherhood obituaries

RRB: Retiree earning limits to rise in 2008

Carrier 2007 3Q income reports

A message from IBT General President James P. Hoffa

Advisory Board September 2007 Activity

Calendar & Events


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.

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In The Line of Duty: J.D. Artino, J.P. Walker

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.

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FMLA update: Unions wait for Supreme Court action

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.

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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.

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