Mission

The Auxiliary exists to support the interest and welfare of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Auxiliary and railroad families, especially the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and the organizations of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Rail Conference, our members and their families throughout the United States.

 Purpose

The overall purpose of the Auxiliary shall be to provide support and promote issues that effect the health, safety, welfare and quality of life of railroaders and their families, to promote higher education with the families of its full members, to give assistance to widows, widowers, sisters and brothers, when needed, especially during times of duress, and to render assistance whenever and wherever needed to further our mission.  

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BLET News

Thanks for your help for a Brother

Updating the status of Lindsay Loeb, daughter of New Jersey Transit engineer and BLET member Dan Loeb and his wife, Sue, we are pleased to let you know that Lindsay has received a heart transplant.  She is on her way to recovering and learning how to be a normal 2 year old.  The Loeb family expressed their eternal gratitude to their BLET and BLET Auxiliary Brothers and Sisters across the country and to all who have helped them through their ordeal.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with Lindsay and her family as she continues her recovery and her projected release from rehab at the end of September.  For more information, please see the Autumn addition, page 5, of the Auxiliary News.  For information about donating to the family on their continuing journey click here.

FRA-OSHA Working together on Whistleblower Complaints

 

Whistleblower Protections - In July, the National Division announced that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reached a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to begin working together to address the serious and overwhelming number of whitstleblower complaints that OSHA has received from railroad workers.   Under the MOA the two agencies will coordinate and cooperate in the enforcement of whistleblower reports.  The MOA was necessary because the FRA does not have direct authority to address the complaints which fall under OSHA's jurisdiction.  The agencies will then work together to process the complaints.  The entire Newsflash can be read by clicking here.

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2nd Quadrennial Convention - Updated 7/12/14

Information about this year's 2nd Quadrennial Convention for the BLET Auxiliary can be found on the Convention Home Page.  This section will include information about the place and dates, an overview of what happens at our Quadrennial Convention, Bylaws, Form to propose changes to the Bylaws and other information Delegates will need prior to the convention.  As soon as more information about room reservations and the convention agenda are received we will update the website.  Please continue to check back for updates as they are received.   The BLET Convention website at http://www.ble-t.org/convention/ also has information about the convention, and a link to the Auxiliary's information.

Education and Fun - New 6/7/14

Our Vice President/National Legislative Representative created a fun exercise to learn more about the Auxiliary and about railroad "Did You Know" information.  The posters and accompanying questionnaire can be used as an educational exercise or contest at meetings, or other events attended by railroaders and their families.  To access these posters, please click here.

Survivors Guide

NorCal Auxiliary 39. with the help of BLET Division 134, Winslow, Arizona, came up with a Survivors Guide of important information spouses and families need to know in case of an accident, injury, or God forbid, a death on the railroad.  This guide has been adapted for use nationally by our members in order to assist themselves and others in the event of a injury or fatality. 

What Members Have to Say

The Auxiliary is always looking for member input.  We are creating a new section "What You Have to Say" that highlights what is important to us all.  If you have input, we would love to post articles to this new Section.  While we don't have a blog, this is a way for us to communicate with each other as to what's on our minds.  See below to links to various articles that may or may not have been published.  If you have a submission, please forward it to Anita Caruso at bunziegia@cox.net and we will do our best to get information posted in a timely fashion.

Fundraising and Fun

Cookbooks - Cookbook Closeout Sale!  The first (collector item) and second editions of Mainline Cooking are on sale!  One book $10 - Two for $15 with shipping included, a savings of $25.  Click here for details.

FanCouture, a line of jewelry made from genuine facetted crystals that sparkle and shine in 21 colors.  Purchases benefit the BLET Auxiliary and proceeds will be used to help offset the cost of the 2014 National Convention in Las Vegas.  For more information, click here.

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