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Volume 19 - Number 12
December 2005

Part III: The Pretzel Logic of remote control

Carrier quarterly income reports

Information about a Medco prescription benefit option

United Health care update: Early retirement

Rail workers take Amtrak message to commuters

Amtrak Board of Directors criticized by Congress for firing Gunn

BLET Job Bank: Amtrak

Events that can affect Railroad Retirement benefits

Railroad Retirement Board announces benefit increases

Changes will allow retirees to earn more in 2006

GIA Dialogue: Patience and caring during the holiday season

A message from Teamsters President Jim Hoffa

Advisory Board October 2005 Activity

Calendar & Events


NTSB: Nation's rails remain vulnerable

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on November 29 recommended that rail companies make important operational changes, including reducing speeds in populated areas, to avoid another catastrophic accident like the crash in Graniteville, S.C., in January that killed nine people.

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FRA issues amended Emergency Order No. 24

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued revisions to Emergency Order No. 24 on November 18. Generally, the revisions incorporate the information provided in Questions and Answers published by FRA on November 4th. However, FRA also addressed the three specific items contained in the Petition for Amendment that the BLET filed on November 7th, and tightened the original requirement with respect to switch point indicators. A copy of the revised emergency order is available on the BLET website at the link provided at the end of this article.

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BLET's Kinsman begins 2006 campaign

Getting an early start and building momentum for the 2006 elections, Brother James Kinsman - Chairman of the BLET's Wisconsin State Legislative Board - has announced that he is running for political office in his home state.

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Remote control locomotive collides with UP freight train

A remotely controlled locomotive (RCL) pulling dozens of freight cars collided with a Union Pacific freight train at UP's Fife Yard near Tacoma, Wash., on November 13 at approximately 9:45 a.m. Pacific time.

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