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BLET Action Alert: Republican tax bill on track to put Railroad Retirement Unemployment & Sickness benefits in the siding

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Republican tax bill currently working its way through the House and the Senate could have a devastating impact on Railroad Retirement Unemployment and Sickness Benefits, according to analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the General Counsel of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). All active and retired BLET members and their families are urged to contact their Senators and Representatives immediately and urge them to vote “No.” A vote is expected to take place next week.

NCFO members ratify new collective bargaining agreement

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The National Conference of Firemen & Oilers, SEIU (NCFO), a partner union of the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG), announced on December 13 that its members have ratified the new national agreement with the nation’s major freight railroads. The NCFO is one of five CBG unions to ratify the pact.

43 BLET families win Hoffa scholarships in 2017, including nine $10,000 winners

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Forty-three BLET families were winners of scholarships from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2017, including nine $10,000 scholarship winners. The $10,000 awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Hoffa scholarship fund.

Open enrollment ends December 14 at midnight for Aflac Critical Illness and Accident benefits

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

As a reminder, Open Enrollment for the new BLET Aflac Critical Illness and Accident benefits — first announced on September 6, 2017 — will conclude at midnight tomorrow, Thursday, December 14, 2017. All active members are eligible for the new benefits.

BLET to host S-T training class in January 2018

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The BLET Education and Training Department will conduct a training class for Secretary-Treasurers from January 22-25, 2018, at the BLET National Division headquarters in Independence, Ohio.

SMART TD ratifies new collective bargaining agreement

Friday, December 01, 2017

Members of the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART TD), a partner union of the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG), announced on December 1 that its members have ratified the new national agreement by a nearly 4-to-1 margin.

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