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3% Raise effective July 1st, 2019

posted Jun 30, 2019, 9:08 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446

  • We have a 3% wage increase effective July 1st, 2019. This is the last wage increase before negotiations begin again. With this raise comes a $2 dues increase. $1 is for the National Division and $1 is for the General Committee, there is no increase for the local Division. This dues change will be noticed on your 2nd half of June paycheck. (There is an "Agreement" section on our website, look for "2017 BLET National Agreement")

Division 446 makes donation to help raise funds for Union Brother

posted Jun 30, 2019, 8:57 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Jun 30, 2019, 8:59 PM ]

Division 446 donated $500.00 to help with a fund raiser for fellow brother Carlos Barela. This money was in turn used by Travis Clarke in Winslow for a BBQ fund raiser which raised a total of $2,187. Thank you to Travis and others for their hard work to make this happen. We wish the best for Brother Carlos. 

U.S. Senators push for two-person crews on freight trains

posted Jun 30, 2019, 8:51 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446

U.S. Senators push for two-person crews on freight trains

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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A group of U.S. Senators wants to see two-person crews on freight trains.

Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Safe Freight Act on June 26. The legislation would promote rail safety by mandating at least two-person crews on all freight trains in the U.S. The bill is designed to correct the Federal Railroad Administration’s recent rollback of a proposed rule that would have established these necessary safety standards.

The Safe Freight Act will specifically require that all freight trains have at least one certified conductor and one certified engineer on board, who can then work together to protect the safety of both the train and people living near the tracks.

“The FRA abdicated its responsibility as our nation’s rail safety agency when it withdrew the proposed two-person crew rule,” said Senator Markey. “A series of tragic accidents have resulted in recent years from unattended and understaffed trains, making clear that we need enough crew on board to protect both property and the public. I am proud to lead the introduction of the Safe Freight Act with Senator Wyden to address this critical safety concern.”

“The decision by the FRA to abandon its planned two-person crew rule makes no sense, especially in light of recent rail accidents,” said Senator Wyden. “This is a matter of safety and security for rail crew and the public, and experts agree. It’s now up to Congress to step in and require freight trains have the staffing required to keep folks safe.”

A copy of the Safe Freight Act can be found HERE.

Other Senators co-sponsoring the Safe Freight Act are Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Angus King (I-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

“The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen has led the fight for railroad safety for over 156 years,” said BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce. “Two-person crews make for safer, more efficient train operations, and two-person crews play a key role in safeguarding our nation’s communities when a serious accident occurs. I congratulate Senator Markey for stepping up to lead the fight for a safer railroad industry and a safer America.”

**Watch** House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearings

posted Jun 20, 2019, 7:37 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 7:40 AM ]

YouTube Video

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearings and Meetings Video @ Congress.gov @ Library of Congress

President Pierce to testify before Congress on "State of the Rail Workforce"

posted Jun 19, 2019, 6:14 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446


President Pierce to testify before Congress on "State of the Rail Workforce"


INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 19 - BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce will testify before the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials at a hearing titled "The State of the Rail Workforce" at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.

The hearing will explore current issues facing railroad workers, including employment cutbacks and safety issues. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) serves as Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.

Additional witnesses will include: John Previsich, President, SMART Transportation Division; Jerry C. Boles, President, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; Andrew W. Sandberg, Assistant to the President, Directing General Chairman, IAM District Lodge 19; William Gonzalez, President, Amtrak Police Fraternal Order of Police Labor Committee; Ronald L. Batory, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration; and Ian Jefferies, President & CEO, Association of American Railroads.

A live webcast of the hearing will be available on the House T&I website at the following link:


Open Enrollment for Cornerstone

posted Jun 7, 2019, 8:23 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Jun 7, 2019, 8:35 AM ]

New BLET Division 446 members,

*You should have received an email with the following information, including the attachments*

We are pleased to announce that the New Member Open Enrollment for your BLET BNSF AT&SF plan through Principal. Enrollment begins 6/1/2019 and goes through 6/30/2019. Coverage taking effect on 7/1/2019. New members are eligible to enroll in Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance coverages. To be eligible, members must have joined the BLET between 11/1/2018 and 6/1/2019.  


Attached is more detailed information on the available benefits and costs. Please distribute to all of your new members. To enroll or learn more, members can contact Cornerstone at 224-770-5307 or go online to https://uniondisability.com/groups/blet-bnsf-atsf/


If you have new members who would like us to contact them directly or have this information be mailed to them, please email their information to me or info@uniondisability.com at your earliest convenience.


Each Local will be receiving a flyer in the mail to post where they see fit.


I appreciate your assistance with spreading the word about this New Member Open Enrollment. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Thank you!


Ethan Boucek

Account Executive



Cornerstone Benefits Management

22333 Classic Court

Lake Barrington, IL 60010

E: ethan@uniondisability.com

P: 847-387-3555

F: 815-425-5349


FRA withdraws 2 man crew proposal

posted May 24, 2019, 6:03 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated May 24, 2019, 6:15 AM ]

Here is a link to a great article written by SMART that explains a little deeper on the subject. This basically nullifies all state laws requiring 2 man crews.


You can read the final decision here Withdraw NPRM Crew Staffing final


Drone Footage used for Ops testing.

posted May 13, 2019, 10:36 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated May 13, 2019, 10:41 AM ]

You can view here if there is a problem playing video https://youtu.be/OkfWZd2S2hQ

YouTube Video

Article Forwarded on by LR Montiel

posted Apr 25, 2019, 1:21 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446

Safety Topics

posted Apr 14, 2019, 6:18 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Apr 14, 2019, 7:58 PM ]

Transportation Vans Hotline General Notice #134

A large percentage of our employees are transported to and from various locations.  To ensure safety issues are addressed while transporting in vehicles, all employees are empowered to take the necessary steps to ensure a safe work place for ourselves and our co-workers.  Exercise the TY&E Safety Role S-1.2.10 “Bill of Rights” rights with regard to riding in transport vehicles.  If an issue does arise, empower yourself to take the safe course.
For immediate concerns, please contact your local supervisor and OAI dispatch at 877-822- 8267, option 0  for a supervisor.  

Other Contact Information

OAI Safety Hotline: 1-866-431-9433

Swap Locations SIRP’s

If Dispatching has you swapping at locations where you feel that it is unsafe we need to be filling out the SIRP’s.  At the site safety meeting in Belen we brought to JJ Orr’s attention that we’re being asked to swap at locations where we feel it is a safety issue to swap. His response to us was that if we have concerns on these swap locations, we need to notify him and he will take the time to look at these locations and determine if they are a safety concern for a swap location. The best way to get these swap locations with a safety concern removed is to fill out a SIRP of the location and be specific and detailed as to why it is a safety concern.  It is going to take all of us documenting these bad swap locations so we have them on file. At the next site safety meeting we will follow up  with JJ on any swap locations that you have filled SIRP’s on to bring these specific locations of safety concerns back to the table.

Be Safe, 

Juan Hinojos - Belen Safety Coordinator 

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