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Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day 2019

By Dennis R. Pierce
BLET National President

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 24 - As we observe Memorial Day 2019, I ask all members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen to say a special prayer for the women and men who have given their lives serving in our military and to honor them for defending our country and our way of life. Also, please join me in keeping their family members in our thoughts and prayers.

Originally called Decoration Day, it was set aside as a day of remembrance for family members who would decorate the graves of veterans who died in battle defending our country and our way of life.

We are proud that our Brotherhood is the oldest union in North America, and we have represented military veterans since our founding on May 8, 1863. Since that time, our Brotherhood has fought tirelessly to ensure good union jobs and safe working conditions for our veterans and for all BLET members.

In recognition of Memorial Day, Congress established the National Moment of Remembrance in the year 2000. Its goal is to remind Americans of the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces as well as others who have died as a result of service to this nation. At 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Memorial Day, all Americans around the world are asked to pause and remember these heroes in a symbolic act of unity.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask all BLET members who are able to safely do so to join me in a moment of silence on this Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Please join me in celebrating the freedom that we enjoy in America and in remembering those brave men and women who have died serving our great nation.

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Luncheon meeting, all railroaders and their spouses, retired or still working are cordially invited, Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

January through December, the second Thursday of each month at 11:00 AM at the Golden Corral Buffet, located at 4380 E. 22ndSt. 85711 near Columbus Blvd.

Don't pay up front, come to the meeting room in the back to purchase your meal ticket, which gives you a chance at winning a free meal. If you want, you can buy a chance for the 50/50 raffle, a dollar for one chance or five dollars for six tickets.

N.A.R.V.R.E. Exists for the purpose of preserving our railroad pension, and working for legislation beneficial to our members and fellow working rails.

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
Fiesta Square
1220 South Alma School Rd., Ste 106
Mesa, Arizona 85210-2078

$2000.00 Death Benefit
1 800 310 7770
Met Life
P.O. Box 14401 Lexington, KY. 40512-4401

Medicare Questions/Select Preventive Services

If you are still interested in southwestern railroad history, you can contact William D. Kalt author at this address.

For more information call Dan at 520 296 4576

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2018 BLET Bylaws available online


INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 3, 2019 - An electronic copy of the 2018 edition of the BLET Bylaws is now available in the Members Area of the Brotherhood's website.

The Bylaws book is available for download and printing as a PDF, and reflects changes approved by delegates to the BLET's Fourth National Convention, which was held October 1-4, 2018.

The BLET National Division is providing an electronic copy of the Bylaws to the membership while the document is being printed. The Bylaws provide that the National Division will furnish a hard copy to each member, without cost, upon request from the Division Secretary-Treasurer.

A password is required to get into the Members Area in order to download the document, which is available at: .

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Two-person crew bill becomes law in Colorado.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 22 - Colorado Governor Jared S. Polis signed a two-person crew bill into law on March 21, signifying a significant boost to railroad safety in the state.

The bill reads in part: "The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that it is in the public interest to require that a common carrier engaged in the transportation of freight by railroad have multiple crew members aboard a railroad train or light engine in order to help ensure the public safety of citizens of this state and the safety of the state''s waterways and natural environment."

Primary sponsors of the bill are the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the SMART Transportation Division.

"This represents a significant legislative victory for all railroaders, especially our hard working engine and train crews," BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. "In the event of an emergency situation, a lone crew member cannot properly assess the situation, secure the train, notify all necessary emergency responders and take other steps to mitigate the emergency in a timely manner."

The bill requires a common carrier engaged in the transportation of property by railroad to have….


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Open enrollment for the BLET’s Short-Term Disability Enhanced-Plan

Dear Member,

 The open enrollment for the BLET’s Short-Term Disability Enhanced-Plan through Sun Life is now through February 28, 2019 with coverage taking effect on March 1, 2019.  This option gives participants an additional $102 weekly benefit on top of the $300 Base-Plan benefit. 

 Enhanced-Plan Coverage Highlights:

The Short-Term Disability Enhanced-Plan pays $402 per week ($1,742 per month).Starts paying on day 22 from the date of disability and pays for up to 52 weeks24-hour on and off-the-job coverage.Monthly premium is $20.00.  Premiums are paid through an automatic monthly direct debit from your checking or savings account on the 15th of each month.If your disability results in a FELA related settlement/judgement, you will not have to pay back any benefits received under this plan.

You can enroll online by visiting or by phone at 224.848.4941.

If you are currently enrolled in the BLET’s Short-Term Disability Enhanced-Plan (previously “Part B On-The-Job Coverage”), no action is required to continue coverage. 

Please note, eligibility for the Enhanced-Plan remains dependent on your eligibility for the Base-Plan.  To be eligible for the Base-Plan, you must have seven starts, including one start as an engineer, in the prior month.  If you do not meet these minimum eligibility requirements, you have the option to pay the Base-Plan premium of $40 in addition to the $20 Enhanced-Plan premium, to prevent a loss of both coverages.  

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Scholarship Opportunities !!!!



2019 BLET Scholarship Directory

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 21 - Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. Numerous financial aid opportunities are published here in the 2019 BLET Scholarship Directory.

The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for each scholarship program. The BLET National Division does not maintain its own scholarship program, nore does it oversee or otherwise play any role in the administration of any of the programs included in this Directory. Interested parties are advised to contact the individual scholarship providers listed below for additional information.

Those aware of additional scholarship opportunities not included in this Directory are urged to contact the BLET Public Relations Department at:

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