HELP US HELP YOU
Money from the BLET-PAC is used to help in the fight on Capitol Hill for issues that impact your job, your family and your future.
- Railroad Retirement
- Amtrak Funding
- Federal Employers' Liability Act
- Railroad Security
- Railroad Safety
Big Railroads spend big money in Washington to influence members of Congress and push their anti-worker plans. In the last election cycle, Union Pacific donated a whopping $2,444,993 to federal candidates. BNSF threw in $2,590,882. CSX and Norfolk Southern donated $1,256,931 and $1,273,796 respectively.
Despite this eye popping spending by the Big Railroads, through aggressive lobbying on Capitol Hill and in State Houses and City Halls across America, our union worked to stop some of the worst attacks on our members. Congress and state legislatures increasingly control vital aspects of the railroad industry and our profession. We must support those in elected office that support us, on issues that are important to us, and to our families.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
Big Railroads are pushing their agenda harder than ever. That means we have to fight back stronger than ever. Unions cannot just react when important issues arise. We must get in the game early and help set the agenda. BLET-PAC helps elect and retain elected officials who share our concerns.
I ALREADY PAY UNION DUES
Laws prohibit the use of union dues for political purposes. Your voluntary BLET-PAC contribution fills this gap and enable us to helpful those who share our interest on the state and national level.
I UNDERSTAND IMPORTANT THINGS ARE GOING ON IN WASHINGTON, BUT WHAT ABOUT PRESSING ISSUES IN MY STATE?
Your contribution is divided evenly between a national fund and a fund overseen by your State Legislative Board Chairman, who coordinates contributions to candidates on the state level, as well as recommending contributions for federal candidates.
Think about it:
$5 a month is the price of lunch, a few cups of coffee, a magazine, or a few lotto tickets.
$10 is the price of a movie.
$20 and $50 dollars is a tremendous shot in the arm for our folks fighting in the trenches.