Lending a helping hand

On November 15, 2007, my husband Danny and I had the privilege of representing the BLET Auxiliary at the 4th Annual Locomotive Engineers Exposition at Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Expo was hosted by the District of Columbia State Legislative Board (DC SLB). Herb Harris, Chairman of the DC SLB, invited the Auxiliary to participate to help spread…

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Legislative Update November 2007

H.R. 2095, THE FEDERAL RAILROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2007 HR 2095, the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2007 addressing fatigue, limbo time, and security matters was passed in the House of Representatives on October 17, by a vote of 377 for and 38 against. The final bill included an amendment that was offered by Rep. Grace Napolitano,…

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Legislative Update October 2007

1889, The Railroad Safety Enhancement Act of 2007 The week of September 10, our Virginia State Legislative Representative Diane Shifflett and her husband Danny traveled to D.C. to join a team of BLET officers from both the legislative arm as well as the regulatory side, led by BLET National Legislative Rep John Tolman and some…

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A Labor of Love by Diane Shifflett, Virginia State Legislative Rep.

What started out as a project to get resolutions passed against Remote Control operations has turned into something I found out I love to do.  I have had the opportunity to lobby in our Nation’s capitol on behalf of BLET and Auxiliary members and families.  Without a doubt, it has been the greatest learning experience of my…

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Legislative Update September 2007

S. 1889, the Railroad Safety Enhancement Act of 2007 The companion bill to the House rail safety bill, H.R. 2095, was filed in the Senate on July 26, by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).  There are a number of differences in the two bills, with the House bill being closer to providing requested relief and remedies on…

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Legislative Update August 2007

Rail Security On August 3, the President signed into law the “Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007” (H.R. 1). This comprehensive piece of legislation includes significant Rail Security measures which had originally been introduced in such stand alone bills as H.R. 1269 and H.R. 1401, “The Rail and Public Transportation Security Act…

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Legislative Update July 2007

H.R. 2095, The Federal Safety Improvement Act of 2007 Several amendments regarding the limbo time issue were made to this bill by Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) before it passed out of the full  House Transportation and Infrastructure (T & I) Committee on June 14 by voice vote. Rather than implement an unconditional elimination of limbo time,…

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Yes, Sometimes I am the Lone Ranger by Becky Schneider BLET National President

Hi yo, Silver, Away! Let’s see if you recognize this scenario.  Before you have a chance to get a cup of coffee and begin your hectic day, your son yells down the stairs that the toilet isn’t working.  Your daughter tells you her schedule, consisting of a science project due tomorrow, that she “spaced,” soccer practice after school,…

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