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posted Nov 18, 2018, 4:35 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446

**Election Update**

posted Nov 14, 2018, 3:45 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Nov 15, 2018, 9:48 PM ]

**Election Update**

posted a minute ago by BLET 446 BLET 446
**Letters from the Candidates follow the
election update comments**
-so look below-

Election Committee - Shall oversee the
election of officers. It shall work with the
S/T to provide required notices, prepare and
mail ballots, pick up voted ballots
immediately prior to the election meeting
and act as a board of tellers at the election

Our election committee has been appointed.
We are required to have a minimum of 3
members but 6 are assigned. Thank you for
the help Charlie Paul, Greg Sachs, Mike
Jaramillo, Steve Silva, Sean Gutierrez, and
Josh Stanley. Special thanks to Pat Lynch
for helping at the union meeting.


There was an issue concerning a personal
member list and addresses. This was
brought up in the union meeting and
resolved by sharing the list between all
candidates of concern (1st Vice Local
position). Because of this, extra time has
been given to allow personal letters to be
sent out if desired. Therefore, ballots will
not be mailed out until 11/21/2018. So look
for your ballot after Thanksgiving. The
ballots will be counted at our December
meeting on 12/10/2018. I cannot overstate
the importance of filling out the ballot
correctly and all instructions are located
on the ballot. Our main problem in past
elections is missing name and address on
the return envelope. You must put your
name and address on the return envelope
for the ballot to be counted. One last thing,
we've done our best at mailing out the
ballots to your last known address. If you
do not receive a ballot or do not mail back
your ballot you may vote in person at the
12/10/2018 meeting.


In case there is a problem the Return
address, the ballots should be mailed to:

BLET Division 446
PO BOX 1375
Los Lunas, NM 87031


Letters from candidates to the membership

Doug Wykert - Dear Union Brothers and

My name is Doug Wykert I am running for
1st vice local in the upcoming election. I
have worked for the BNSF Railroad since
August of 1997 in different roles from
Maintenance of Way to Brakeman,
Conductor and Engineer in a lot of locations
from across the BNSF. I have never served
as a union officer before but for myself and
my family I believe this is the time to get
involved with all the talk about the attack
on our Pensions, two-person crews and the
Right to Work. I have complained and heard
a lot of complaints but complaining isn’t
getting anywhere. So this is why I’m
running. Also congrats to all of the
nominees for all offices, it is great to see a
lot of interest in the next election.

Chris Torres - Union brothers and sisters of
446 my name is Chris Torres I have been an
engineer for over 20 years, I am third
generation Employee and would like to
represent you as your Union President. If
elected I will enforce the by- laws, The
Mission “to promote and protect the rights,
interests ,safety and education of our
members “. The Vision “the quality of life
for present and future members and their
families”. I am running for union President
and would appreciate your vote .

Thank you.
Union strong!

Ernie Lopez - Hello everyone this is Ernie
Lopez I'm letting everyone know that I am
running for 1st vice local chairman and I
would appreciate your support. I believe I
would be good for the position, change is
coming and I would love to represent my
fellow engineers of the 446! I've always
fought hard and been a positive voice for
union rights, I believe I network well with
people and would be a great representative
for the 446. I'll fight hard and will be
transparent with the membership and I
believe information is golden. You can
judge me by my character which has always
been consistent very outgoing, open and
honest lets continue to move forward and
make this change a positive one for
everyone! I look forward to answering any
questions you may have. thank you for your
time and support!

Jacob Williams - Brothers and Sisters of
division 446, My name is Jacob Williams,
and I’m currently running for the office of
1st Vice Local Chairman in our division. I’ve
been working for the BNSF for 17 years.
As railroaders, we have seen what the union
men and women of the past have fought so
hard to secure for us. Those issues include
stability, security, safety, wages, and
healthcare. As railroaders, we have watched
yearly those benefits slowly erode and
become a focal point of our very existence
to this way of life. As a 3rd generation
railroader, and now having my son and son
in law joining that line, I understand the
importance of preserving our agreements
and benefits.

Brothers and Sisters, I choose to run for
office in the local division because of those

reasons listed above and doing whatever we
can to preserve them. I also see the
tremendous potential of increasing the
transparency, communication, and
education of the division. If elected, I would
like to institute a weekly email to the
members that bring us all up to speed on
our current agreements and side letters. To
increase accessibility to the union officers
that are selected so that every member can
receive guidance and representation with
expediency. To put decisions in the hands of
our members so that they may choose the
direction we travel from this point forward.
I also make the promise to remain in the
field with the men so that I always have
first-hand knowledge of the trails and
experiences that we continually deal with

The railroad is under a constant cycle of
change. Profit and greed drive these changes.
They have eliminated job after job for the
way of automation. They instruct their
officers to circumvent and disregard the
very agreements they made with us in good
faith. We always need to be aware of past

practices and must develop new efficient
ways of handling the change of the future
and the very attacks they wage on us.

I want the opportunity to represent this
division and fight for the agreements we
have, to provide education and information
to the membership. To bring forth
transparency within the division and to stay
working amongst you in our everyday tasks
as engineers.

With your vote, we can act on those
opportunities and better serve you as

I would also like to thank all the members
who are running for office; I appreciate your
sacrifice and efforts.

To the members, thank you for taking the
time to read this and would sincerely
appreciate your considerations.


Gilbert Montiel - To my brothers and sister
of div. 446 my name is Gilbert Montiel. I've
been with the railroad since 1997. In that
time I have seen many changes. Some good
but let's face it the BNSF has gotten away
from safety and leaned more towards
discipline and fear tactics. They are pushing
for single person crews, super pools and
precision railroading, which is running the
railroad the most efficient at the cheapest
possible price. I am running for legislative
representative of our division. I have always
 wanted to be involved to protect what's
ours! Our retirement our seniority our
agreements, and especially our job's. If we
don't fight back against Right To Work then
we could lose it all.

Railroads push safety aside, I want to hold
them accountable and bring safety back to
#1. There is legislation in place to help
protect two person crew like HR 233 in the
House and S.2360 in the Senate. I would like
the chance to better educate myself for our
division. We need to hold those in Congress
accountable on both sides of the isle.
For too long I have been involved on the
outside by going to political rallies and
trying to get involved but didn't really know
how. Brothers and Sisters I would love the
chance to get involved in division 446 on the
political side and help to protect what is ours
before it's to late.

Thank you for your consideration and I
appreciate your vote.

History of the BLET

posted Oct 27, 2018, 10:23 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Oct 27, 2018, 10:24 AM ]

"With Unions under attack like never before, now is a good time to reflect on what has been accomplished by Rail Labor over the last 150 years," -President Pierce-

Embedded here is the video produced in 2013 in recognition of the BLET’s 150th anniversary. This video was
made available on YouTube by our National Division. The original article can be found HERE.

YouTube Video


posted Sep 24, 2018, 10:57 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Oct 8, 2018, 8:11 AM ]

This is a run down of the nominations from our last meeting. Below are the names of our brothers and sisters you can expect to see on the ballot.

**Duties of the Election Committee** - Oversee the election of officers and work with the S/T to provide required notices, prepare and mail ballots, pick up and process un-deliverable ballots, pick up voted ballots immediately prior to the election meeting and act as a board of tellers at the election meeting.

  • The Election will be held at our Union Meeting on 12/10/2018

  • The Ballots will be sent out a minimum of 15 days before the election

  • Below, if there is only one member for the position then they are elected by acclamation

  • If there are two or more members under the position then you will have a chance to vote

  • *Nominations*

  • President

    • Paul Dimas

    • Chris Torres

  • Vice President

    • Justin Esch

    • Luis Aguilera

  • Secretary Treasurer

    • Mike Willis

  • Alt. Secretary Treasurer

    • Karla Owen

  • Guide

    • PT Lynch

  • Chaplain

    • Colt Adams

  • Delegate to National Division

    • Jeremy McFather

  • 1st Alternate Delegate

    • Daniel Sanchez

    • Ernie Lopez

    • Greg Huffman

    • Jake Williams

  • 2nd Alternate Delegate

    • Carlo Barela

  • 3rd Alternate Delegate

    • Steve Vallejos

  • Legislative Rep

    • Eddie Schaub

    • Gilbert Montiel

  • Alt Legislative Rep

    • Jeff Romero

  • Local Chairman

    • Jeremy McFather

  • 1st Vice Local

    • Daniel Sanchez

    • Doug Wykert

    • Jake Williams

    • Ernie Lopez

    • Greg Huffman

  • 2nd Vice Local Chairman

    • Carlo Barela

    • JT Duffy

  • 3rd Vice Local Chairman

    • Steve Vallejos

  • 1st Trustee

    • Isaac Sanchez

  • 2nd Trustee

    • Greg T. Nixon

  • 3rd Trustee

    • John R Murray

  • 1st Alt Trustee

    • Brandon Hildalgo

  • 2nd Alt Trustee

    • Gabby F. Depalma

  • 3rd Alt Trustee

    • Mark R. Wilson

BLET BNSF AT&SF is currently in an open enrollment

posted Sep 5, 2018, 3:39 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Sep 5, 2018, 3:41 PM ]

BLET BNSF AT&SF is currently in an open enrollment. Here is a link if you would like to sign up for Disability thru Cornerstone. 

Labor Day Events by AFL

posted Aug 19, 2018, 9:15 PM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Aug 19, 2018, 9:16 PM ]

Please see below for 2018 Labor Day Event information:

Event: Labor Day Picnic
Date: Sunday, September 2, 2018
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Berg Park
Address: 400 Scott Ave, Farmington, NM 87401

Event: Labor Day Breakfast
Date: Monday, September 3, 2018
Time: 9:00am
Location: Hotel Encanto
Address: 705 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011
Cost: $50 per ticket prior to event/$55 per ticket at the door/$500 per table

Event: Labor Day Picnic
Date: Monday, September 3, 2018
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Tiguex Park
Address: 1800 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Event: Labor Day Picnic
Date: Monday, September 3, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Young Park
Address: Santa Fe, NM 87505

This information is correct and up to date to the best of my knowledge. However, if anyone has any information to add or correct please let me know! Thank you.

Please get the word out to all of your members and their families and wear your union colors with pride! See you there! :)

In Solidarity,

A Message from our NMSLB Eric Gabaldon

posted Aug 14, 2018, 7:48 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Aug 14, 2018, 7:51 AM ]

Ball caps

posted Aug 6, 2018, 8:45 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 9:09 AM ]


We have received nice caps for the division and we are slowly getting them out to you. There is a check list running and plenty of hats to go around. Wear them with pride. 

Special thanks and shout out to Debbie Lassiter at American Diversity for help with finding the right cap with the right design and getting them to us. They turned out great! 

Debbie Lassiter  
American Diversity
(615) 427-1416

Nominations for Division Officers

posted Aug 6, 2018, 8:31 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 8:35 AM ]

It's time for elections of our Division Officers. Nomination notices have been posted at our on duty locations in Belen and Gallup. The nominations will be made at our scheduled union meeting on September 10, 2018.  There are nomination forms left at these locations for those that can't make the meeting but would like to nominate someone.  The nomination form has also been attached and can be printed out. Once filled out and signed you can just snap a picture and send it to

S/T Mike Willis using number 505-569-0165  -or-
email using division446@gmail.com    -or-
USPS using PO BOX 351, Snowflake, AZ 85937

** Take note that you have to be a member in good standing for 1 month to nominate someone. You have to be a member in good standing for 24 months to hold an office. All nominations will be verified after the meeting. **

BLET News Flash

posted Aug 6, 2018, 8:14 AM by BLET 446 BLET 446


Members of Congress shocked at lax safety in Tex-Mex job giveaway

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 6 - In a follow-up to previous reporting, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is continuing its fight to preserve members' jobs and to protect public safety at the Texas Mexican Railway (Tex Mex) border crossing in Laredo, Texas.

On July 9, Tex Mex unilaterally replaced U.S. citizen crewmembers with Mexican train crews between Laredo Yard and the International Bridge, more than 9 miles away. BLET declared the action constituted a major dispute under the Railway Labor Act and had threatened to strike, but a Federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on July 6 that prohibited a BLET job action over the issue.

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce then asked President Donald J. Trump to personally intervene to help protect American jobs, but the Union has yet to hear from the Administration.

In mid-July, a delegation of BLET representatives visited 150 Congressional offices in Washington, D.C., to apprise them of the situation. President Pierce advised that many Members of Congress were shocked and surprised to learn that the train crews from Mexico would be operating trains on U.S. soil under relaxed federal railroad safety standards.

"Members of Congress expressed grave concern that the Federal Railroad Administration would allow the railroad to apply a lower safety standard to Mexican train crews than to U.S. train crews," President Pierce said. "Our members are held to the highest standard while crews coming in from Mexico are essentially given a break in terms of certification, testing, and operating experience."

During the federal court hearing on July 3, the railroad submitted an internal memorandum from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which appears to give the railroad preliminary permission to proceed with its job replacement plan. According to the document, the rail safety agency told the railroad it needed to make no changes to its conductor certification program to certify Mexican conductors to replace U.S. crews.

Additionally, a review of the railroad's revised Part 240 Locomotive Engineer Certification Program disclosed several glaring deficiencies in the requirements for foreign national locomotive engineers as compared to the requirement in place for American locomotive engineers.

"There is no requirement whatsoever that the engineers to whom the railroad has given our work receive classroom and on-the-job training of a duration and curriculum required of a Train Service Engineer (TSE) to be certified, even though the service they will perform requires a TSE certification," President Pierce said. "Moreover, the only English language requirement contained in the Part 240 Program pertains to the language used in records that KCS must produce for FRA inspection at the agency's request. There is no requirement whatsoever that foreign national locomotive engineers must take their written tests in English or show any proficiency in the English language at all; there is nothing in Section 7 of the Program that requires foreign national locomotive engineers to take the 200-question test required of KCS TSEs, and to pass that test by achieving at least a 90% grade."

President Pierce questioned the FRA's priorities in this situation. "The memorandum makes us wonder whether some at FRA are less interested in railroad safety, which is the agency's statutory mandate, than they are in the railroad's bottom line," he said. "This degradation in safety is unacceptable, and we will not give up in our fight to protect good American jobs, and for the safety of those Americans living in communities where these trains operate."

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