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Volume 14 - Number 12

DC Feedback: How to set the record straight if management blames you for an accident

Canadian Spotlight: CN retirees to receive pension improvements

En Franšais: Les retraites du CN Rail recevront des ameliorations au regime de retraite en plus de l'indexation des prestations de base

New STB rules to govern rail mergers fail to address cramdown

BLE Senior Report: Railroad Retirement and Unemployment insurance tax adjustments for 2001

BLE Senior Report: 'AccessRRB' offers online services

BLE Senior Report: Retirement Board sets three top goals in strategic plan

2001 Cost of Living Adjustment/ Locomotive Engineer Rate Tables

Advisory Board November Activity

Calendar & Events

  BLE petitions FRA for remote control rulemaking

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers filed a petition for rulemaking with the Federal Railroad Administration on November 17, which seeks to safely regulate the operation of remote control locomotives.

"There should be no use of remote control locomotives without FRA regulations establishing the safest requirements possible, which the BLE believes should govern equipment specifications, inspection, repair, training and operating practices in the use of such devices," BLE International President Edward Dubroski said.

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Trainmen sue UTU, UP so they can be represented by BLE

Five veteran trainmen from the former C&NW railroad are suing the United Transportation Union (UTU) and the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) in a Chicago federal court so they can be represented by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE).

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, asks that an order be issued so these five BLE members, who all once belonged to the UTU, can be represented by the BLE in disciplinary actions and other disputes with the railroad.

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U.S. Labor Department upholds BLE claim that UTU misused Job Benefit Fund

In a major setback for the United Transportation Union (UTU), the U.S. Department of Labor agreed with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) in ruling that the UTU had misused millions of dollars in its Job Benefit Fund/Income Security Program (JBF/ISP).

In short, the Department of Labor said the JBF/ISP is covered by Title 1 of ERISA and that the UTU improperly used nearly $11 million to fund union operations. UTU may potentially be liable to JBF/ISP premium payers for repayment from the union's General Fund to the JBF/ISP Fund.

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