Sep
19
1:30 PM13:30

Cross-Border Rail Operations...

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H.R. 3896

Cross-Border Rail Operations. A bill introduced in the House of Representatives, H.R. 3896 would amend Title 49, United States Code, “to provide that only citizens or nationals of the United States may operate trains within the U.S. that originate in Mexico”

Please call your Representative and request support of H.R. 3896 and the protection of U.S. jobs. Text can be found HERE

Use this link to find you Representative (Click)

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Sep
16
5:30 PM17:30

RRB asking all railroaders to complete online technology survey

BLET NEWS FLASH

RRB asking all railroaders to complete online technology survey

http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=10260

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 13 - The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is asking all active and retired railroaders to complete an online survey to help drive its future strategic plans regarding online offerings.

The survey is part of a major Information Technology Initiative currently underway at the RRB. To that end, the Board has released an Online Services Customer Survey and is asking all active and retired members to complete it. The survey is anonymous and voluntary, and should take about 25 minutes to complete. It must be completed in one session.

Thank you in advance to those willing to complete the survey. The deadline to participate is September 20, 2019. It can be found at:

https://survey.us.confirmit.com/wix/2/p3092699632.aspx?csr=rrb

 

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Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Labor Day Picnic

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Brothers and Sisters,

Please come join us for the 23rd Annual Labor Day picnic. The event is scheduled for Monday, September 2, 2019 at the Reid Park band shell from 10am - 2pm. There will be lots of food and fun for the entire family. Use the link below to view the flyer with more details. Hope to see everyone there.

Click here for flyer!!!

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Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

Teamster 2020 survey to identify top issues

BLET NEWS FLASH

Teamster 2020 survey to identify top issues

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http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=10248

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 8 - Working Americans are facing numerous challenges. Despite top line economic numbers that may look favorable, many workers' paychecks are not growing. Add to that concerns surrounding pensions and health care benefits, and uncertainty looms for the U.S. middle class.

That's why the 2020 election is so very important for the BLET and all Teamsters. The Teamsters and BLET are committed to making our presence known and demanding that presidential candidates make commitments on issues that are important to our membership. That starts with input from BLET and Teamster members.

"The Teamsters want to hear from members about what their top issues and concerns are as the nation prepares for this pivotal election," Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. "This union will be putting on a full-court press to demand that any candidate for president listen to our members and address our concerns. The Teamster 2020 survey is an important step as we hear directly from our members on what issues they'll be voting on."

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce encouraged all BLET members to go to www.Teamsters2020.com and fill out the survey to let union leaders know what their thoughts are going into the 2020 election.

All BLET members are a part of this process, and we should all participate in this first step of the election process," President Pierce said. "The 2020 Presidential Election is right around the corner and it's more important than ever that we elect people who support workers and our families."

Together, Teamster Brothers and Sisters can ensure that this great union plays a critical role in electing a president that will truly stand with our members and the nation's workers.

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Aug
8
11:00 AM11:00

N.A.R.V.R.E. LUNCHEON 08/08/2019

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED AND VETERAN RAILWAY EMPLOYEES INC.
OLD PUEBLO UNIT # 63 Established May 10, 1951

Luncheon meeting, all railroaders and their spouses, retired or still working are cordially invited, Thursday, AUGUST 8, 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
1-877-772-5772

 

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

 

Medicare Questions/Select Preventive Services
www.PalmettoGBA.com/RR
http://www.narvre.info/
 

SOUTHERN ARIZONA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM

http://tucsonhistoricdepot.org/
414 N. TOOLE AVE. TUCSON, AZ. 85701

520 623 2223 satm1673@outlook.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL DAN HICKS 520 296 4576 dhicks1951@gmail.com

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Jul
25
12:00 PM12:00

Urgent: Act Now On Two-Person Train Crews, Mexican Cross-Border Issue!

http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=10245
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 24 - The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is urging all members to contact their Representatives and Senators in Congress to support the union's two most pressing legislative issues: two-person train crews and foreign crews operating trains into the United States at the southern U.S./Mexican border.

In mid-July, 15 BLET State Legislative Board Chairmen came to Washington D.C. to join BLET Vice President and National Legislative Representative John Tolman, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Bob Hagan and Director of Regulatory Affairs Vince Verna to lobby on Capitol Hill. The BLET representatives discussed these two vital issues with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and United States Senate.

Two-Person Crews
We urge you to support the efforts of the past week by contacting your U.S. member of Congress in your Congressional District, as well as both of your U.S. Senators, to support the Safe Freight Act H.R. 1748 in the House (introduced by Don Young, R-AK) and S. 1979 in the Senate (introduced by Ed Markey, D-MA). These bills have appeal to both parties and seek to put a certified Engineer and certified Conductor on freight trains in the US.

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Jun
20
1:30 PM13:30

BLET President Pierce testifies

At U.S. House hearing, BLET President Pierce testifies for two-person crews, asks Congress to block Mexican crews from operating in U.S.

http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=10236

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 20 - Dennis Pierce, National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and President of the Teamsters Rail Conference, urged members of Congress to support a national two-person crew law and asked them to block Mexican train crews from operating in the United States during a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives today.

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Jun
20
10:00 AM10:00

BLET NEWS FLASH

BLET NEWS FLASH

President Pierce to testify before Congress on "State of the Rail Workforce"

http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=10234
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 19 - BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce will testify before the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials at a hearing titled "The State of the Rail Workforce" at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.
The hearing will explore current issues facing railroad workers, including employment cutbacks and safety issues. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) serves as Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.
Additional witnesses will include: John Previsich, President, SMART Transportation Division; Jerry C. Boles, President, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; Andrew W. Sandberg, Assistant to the President, Directing General Chairman, IAM District Lodge 19; William Gonzalez, President, Amtrak Police Fraternal Order of Police Labor Committee; Ronald L. Batory, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration; and Ian Jefferies, President & CEO, Association of American Railroads.
A live webcast of the hearing will be available on the House T&I website at the following link:
https://transportation.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/the-subcommittee-on-railroads-pipelines-and-hazardous-materials-hearing-on_--the-state-of-the-rail-workforce
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Jun
13
11:00 AM11:00

N.A.R.V.R.E. LUNCHEON INVITATION

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED AND VETERAN RAILWAY EMPLOYEES INC.
OLD PUEBLO UNIT # 63 Established May 10, 1951

Luncheon meeting, all railroaders and their spouses, retired or still working are cordially invited, Thursday, June 13, 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
1-877-772-5772

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

Medicare Questions/Select Preventive Services
www.PalmettoGBA.com/RR

http://www.narvre.info/

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

http://highindesertskies.com/

For more information call Dan at 520 296 4576

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May
27
10:30 AM10:30

Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day 2019

http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id225

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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Apr
11
11:00 AM11:00

N.A.R.V.R.E. LUNCHEON

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED AND VETERAN RAILWAY EMPLOYEES INC.
OLD PUEBLO UNIT # 63


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
1-877-772-5772

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

Medicare Questions/Select Preventive Services
www.PalmettoGBA.com/RR

http://www.narvre.info/

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

http://highindesertskies.com/

For more information call Dan at 520 296 4576

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Apr
3
3:30 PM15:30

BLET NEWS FLASH

2018 BLET Bylaws available online

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http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=9201

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:

https://www.ble-t.org/members/bylaws .

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

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….

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WHOLE ARTICLE.

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Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

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 https://uniondisability.com/groups/blet-short-term-disability-sun-life/ 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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Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

Scholarship Opportunities !!!!

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BLET NEWS FLASH

2019 BLET Scholarship Directory

http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=9180

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: Bentley@ble-t.org

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