Legislative Updates

Winter 2018 Legislative Report

By Jessica Cole, 2nd Vice President, National Legislative Representative    Greetings from your newly-elected Second and Third Vice Presidents. It is a formidable task to take up where Kathleen Bisbikis left off when she vacated this post to become BLET Auxiliary National President.  As the saying goes, “she left big shoes to fill.” Your new legislative…

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October 2018 Legislative Update

Greetings! I began my first week as the new BLET Auxiliary Second Vice President and Legislative Representative by attending and speaking at the Wisconsin State Legislative Board’s Fall 2019 Team Building Meeting. Local Division Representatives from across the state were in attendance, along with state officers.  Most surprisingly, National BLET President Dennis Pierce and Vice…

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Legislative Update September 2015

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2015 By Kathleen Bisbikis, National 2nd Vice President, National Legislative Rep, BLET Auxiliary Below are some of the most recent news items that affect all of us. Please feel free to share these with your local auxiliary. If you have information you would like to share with me for future updates, please…

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Legislative Update April/May 2015

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE APRIL/MAY 2015 By Kathleen Bisbikis, National Second Vice President, National Legislative Representative, BLET Auxiliary Two Person Train Bill H.R. 1763 In a continued joint effort, the BLET and SMART–TD Unions are working together to secure the safety of the railroad industry with the announcement of Bill H.R. 1763 being introduced in the 114th…

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Legislative Update February/March 2015

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015 By Kathleen Bisbikis, National Second Vice President, National Legislative Representative, BLET Auxiliary Below are some of the most recent news items that affect all of us. Please feel free to share these with your local auxiliary. If you have information you would like to share with me for future updates, please…

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January Legislative Update

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE JANUARY 2015 By Kathleen Bisbikis, National Second Vice President, National Legislative Representative, BLET Auxiliary Below are some of the most recent news items that affect all of us. Please feel free to share these with your local auxiliary. If you have information you would like to share with me for future updates, please…

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November 2014 Legislative Update

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE NOVEMBER 2014 By Kathleen Bisbikis, National Second Vice President, National Legislative Representative, BLET Auxiliary It is a great honor that I have been elected by the delegates to the 2014 BLET Auxiliary National Convention to serve as your 2nd Vice President and National Legislative Representative. Sister Sereena Hogan has moved to the position…

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September Legislative Update

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 by BLET…

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Legislative Update July / August 2014

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 through social media and other…

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Legislative Update June 2014

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 U.S. railroads operating trains containing large…

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