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All you need to do is ask

Since the very beginning of the Auxiliary back in 1887, part of the reason we came into being was in support of the BLE, now BLET.  As the times have changed, so have the ways in which we exercise that support. Our members have tackled many issues, including extreme cab temperatures, fatigue, inadequate or untenable housing conditions, dangers of…

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You never know if tomorrow may come

With the on-duty rail fatality rates up in 2008 and in the first quarter of 2009, there have already been seven (7), now is the time to make sure that you and your railroad spouse have all of your important paperwork in order and within arm’s reach.             One can never have enough information on hand in case…

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It’s never too soon to be prepared

A few years ago, I was moved by an impassioned speech given at one of our Regional Convention Auxiliary meetings.  Kathie Bailey-Todd, only a couple of weeks following the tragic death of her husband, G. Y. Bailey, thought it important enough to make the trip to Oklahoma City to make sure everyone understood that you never…

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Your PAC Contributions make a difference

BLET Political Action Committee (PAC) There are a number of citizens across the country who believe we should not have to give money to politicians’ re-election campaigns in order to have better access to them.  Unfortunately, until major league reforms are put into place, that’s the reality of the world we live in.  When we help re-elect those who…

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New Hope for a New Year

Hope for the country begins this year with a new administration.  Gone are the days of anti-Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, and an administration who showed their lack of compassion for the “working man” by catering to the interests of big business.  Certainly, Joe Biden is a big improvement over his predecessor because he knows how hard Americans must work to…

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There is no “I” in Brotherhood

As we make our New Year’s resolutions, how about considering a new one.  It has nothing to do with getting into better shape or eating right, although those aren’t bad ideas. It involves making the effort to remember what the Brotherhood means and why it came about. Corporate greed and outrageous CEO salaries have made a…

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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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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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When Tragedy Strikes, What Can You Do?

By Kathie Bailey – BLET Auxiliary National 1st Vice President/National Legislative Representative (Kathie is also the widow of G.Y. Bailey, who was killed in a head-on collision in dark territory in Shepherd, TX Sept. 15, 2005) It’s the middle of the night – you’re sound asleep.  Your husband is at work, just like every other normal day.  The…

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