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BLET to host Local Chairman class in April 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

The BLET Education and Training Department will host a Local Chairman training class from April 8-13, 2018, at the BLET National Division headquarters and Training Center in Independence, Ohio. This class is designed to help Local Chairmen develop and hone the skills necessary to provide the best representation possible to our members. Due to the upcoming triennial elections later this year, the April class will be the only class for Local Chairmen in 2018.

Vice President Tolman testifies before House on PTC

Thursday, February 15, 2018

BLET Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman urged Congress, the railroads, and governmental regulators to ensure that Positive Train Control (PTC) is fully implemented by the current deadline of December 31, 2018. During his testimony, Vice President Tolman also discussed the problem of electronic device distraction (Trip Optimizer and LEADER); the government and industry’s failure to address rail worker fatigue; the danger of excessive train lengths; and the need for two person train crews.

Lyons elected BLET National Division Trustee; Matt Wilson retires

Thursday, February 15, 2018

William P. Lyons was elected unanimously by the BLET Advisory Board to serve as a National Division Trustee effective February 1, 2018. He replaces outgoing Trustee Matt O. Wilson, who has retired.

BLET to testify at Feb. 15 House hearing on Positive Train Control

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

On February 15, Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman will testify on behalf of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and its 57,000 members before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials at a hearing titled “Oversight of Positive Train Control Implementation in the United States.”

RRB announces spring 2018 conferences and pre-retirement seminars

Monday, February 12, 2018

The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced a schedule of dates for the agency’s spring 2018 informational conferences and pre-retirement seminars.

Criminal prosecution for unintentional mistakes is blatantly unfair to locomotive engineers and trainmen

Monday, February 12, 2018

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President In the wake of recent dramatic and highly visible railroad accidents in the United States and Canada, there has been a trend to criminalize railroad workers and prosecute them as the sole cause of these tragedies. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen stands opposed to such actions.

Moody Law Firm offers free consultation for those targeted by CSX FMLA investigations

Thursday, February 08, 2018

The office of Willard J. Moody, Esq. has extended an offer of service to BLET members who may have been unjustly fired for alleged Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations.

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