Welcome to our all new and improved, and very much “alive” website! We can’t begin to express how grateful we are to Member-at-Large Jodi Wallace, who responded to our plea at the 2nd Quadrennial Convention of the BLET Auxiliary in October, to offer her services as our new webmaster. Many thanks also to … Continue Reading ››
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This is my last monthly update as National Legislative Representative for the BLET Auxiliary. To all of you who have given me positive feedback about these updates over the last 7-1/2 years, I thank you for your kind remarks. As you read this update, please pay special attention to the compelling remarks made … Continue Reading ››
Protecting Two-Person Crews
Last month, it came to light that a General Committee representing trainmen on the SMART Transportation Division (formerly UTU) had negotiated a new Crew Consist Agreement that allows for engineer-only operations under certain circumstances along portions of BNSF Railway. The news of this tentative contract agreement traveled quickly … Continue Reading ››
Melanie Wilmesher, daughter of James and Kay Wilmesher, Kay is a Member-at- Large and James is Chairman of Colorado State Legislative Board and a member of Division 256. Melanie is attending Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Rachel McWilliams, daughter of Rob and Kathy McWilliams, Member-at-Large, Rob belongs to BLET Division 126. … Continue Reading ››
Raising the Bar for Crude by Rail Shipments
DOT issues emergency order for SERC Notification: On behalf of families and communities along the rail lines nationwide, emergency responders in those communities, and those who move the trains, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued an emergency order on May 7 requiring all … Continue Reading ››
Ryan Budget Passed by Narrow Margin
On April 10, the House passed Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget, which includes $5.1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years without closing tax loopholes. The measure passed 219 to 205, with 12 Republicans joining all Democrats in voting no. A swing of just seven … Continue Reading ››
BLET National VP/NLR John Tolman Testified at House Subcommittee Hearing Regarding Rail Safety
On February 26, BLET Vice President & National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman testified at a House subcommittee hearing, emphasizing the importance of timely implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), and other measures to boost rail safety … Continue Reading ››