Transport unions commit to solidarity
On December 6 and 7, four unions met to discuss issues and methods of
improving the working and living conditions of their memberships.
BLE secures delay of Availability Policy
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers has successfully secured a 60-day
delay in the implementation of Burlington Northern Santa Fe's Availability
Policy, BNSF Vice-General Chairman Pat Williams reported.
H.R. 3091 mobilization
Even though Congress is in recess for the holidays, the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers is spearheading a mobilization drive to generate continued
support of H.R. 3091 -- an amendment to the Hours of Service Act that would
greatly reduce railroad worker fatigue.
Legislative Update: DC Feedback
Have a question about federal laws, Federal Railroad Administration rules that
impact your job, or about pending legislation governing our industry?
Legislative Update: NASLBC get Meany Center training
The BLE's National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen (NASLBC)
received several days of intense political training at the George Meany Center
Engineer training trips vital to safety
On the sixth anniversary of a fatal collision near Kelso, Wash., BLE members and
their families held several safety demonstrations against the Union Pacific
Railroad on November 11 in Portland, Ore., Seattle and Fife, Wash.
BLE, UMWA forge partnership to protect West Virginia coal mines
The BLE continues to support the United Mine Workers of America as it battles
a West Virginia court ruling that could cost thousands of coal miners -- and
railroad workers -- their jobs.
Teamster strike turns violent as it enters seventh week
As the Teamsters' strike against Overnite Transportation enters its seventh
week, the once peaceful strike is turning violent, and Teamsters officials say
the company is publicly underestimating the toll that the strike is taking.
BLE member injured in head-on collision
A Union Pacific freight train from Minnesota slammed head-on into an empty grain
train near this small northwest Iowa town, killing a conductor and the driver of
a van that was parked by the tracks.
BLE Senior Report
Railroad retirement annuities, like social security benefits, are scheduled to
increase in January 2000 on the basis of the rise in the Consumer Price Index
(CPI) during the 12 months preceding October 1999.
AFL-CIO asked to stiffen UTU sanctions
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers has formally asked the AFL-CIO to
extend the sanctions currently placed on the United Transportation Union to
include, among other items, the payment of financial damages to the BLE.
Three confirmed to NMB positions
On November 19, the Senate confirmed the White House's
nomination of Magdalena G. Jacobsen, Ernest W. DuBester and Francis J. Duggan to
the National Mediation Board (NMB).
Governor signs 'BLE Bill' in West Virginia
A law prohibiting law enforcement officials from forcing Locomotive Engineers
to show their drivers license following an accident has been signed into law in
the State of West Virginia.
BLE to upgrade web site
The International Division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers is in
the process of upgrading its web server, and BLE members will enjoy the benefits
of this improved service after Jan. 1, 2000.