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BLET Media Archive

This list is a small sampling of recent major articles related to BLET and its members.

Sick LeaveUnion Pacific (UNP) Signs Paid Sick Leave Deal With BLETZacks Equity ResearchYahoo! Finance06/07/2023
Sick LeaveMost Unionized US Rail Workers Now Have New Sick DaysDavid ShepardsonReuters06/05/2023
Sick LeaveBrotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and Union Pacific Railroad Reach Paid Sick Leave AgreementPR NewswireBusiness Insider06/05/2023
Sick LeaveNorfolk Southern (NSC) Signs Paid Sick Leave Deal with BLETZacks Equity ResearchYahoo! Finance05/19/2023
Sick LeaveMany Railroad Workers Have Won Paid Sick Leave But Unions Say Companies Are Asking for Too Much in ReturnJosh Funk and Associated PressFortune Magazine05/08/2023
Sick LeaveNorfolk Southern is 1st Railroad to Give All Workers Sick Days As Others Negotiate with Unions Josh FunkHouston Chronicle05/06/2023
Sick LeaveUS Rail companies grant paid sick days after public pressure in win for unions" Steven GreenhouseThe Guardian05/01/2023
Sick LeaveIn a first, some CSX railroad workers to get paid sick leaveAssociated PressPittsburgh-Tribune Review02/08/2023
Predictable SchedulesTrain Engineers deal with Union Pacific Will Improve Schedules and Address Quality-Of-Life Concerns Josh FunkAssociated Press,05/24/2023
Predictable SchedulesBLET and Union Pacific Reach Historic Agreement to Improve Work Schedules and Time Off for Locomotive Engineers PR NewswireYahoo! Finance05/24/2023
Predictable SchedulesUnion Pacific and BLET reach tentative agreement on engineering schedulingTrains.com05/24/2023
Rail SafetyFederal Regulators Promise Safety Review at all the major freight railroadsJosh FunkLos Angeles Times06/12/2023
Rail SafetyMiles-long freight trains cause problems for communities near railroad crossingsWilliam Brangham, Courtney Norris, and Karina CuevasPBS NewsHour06/01/2023
Rail SafetyMiles-long trains are blocking first responders when every minute counts Andrea Salcedo, Luz Lazo and Lee PowellWashington Post05/25/2023
Rail SafetyBlocked Crossings Crisis Draws Local and National Calls for ActionTopher Sanders and Dan SchwartzProPublica05/01/2023
Rail SafetyAs Rail Profits Soar, Blocked Crossings Force Kids to Crawl Under Trains to Get to SchoolTopher Sanders and Dan SchwartzProPublica04/26/2023
Rail SafetyLawmakers and union tell Norfolk Southern CEO that railroads’ voluntary safety plans aren’t enough"Chris IsidoreCNN Business03/23/2023
Rail SafetyInspections say local rail crossings in bad shape Ed GallekFox 8 Cleveland03/09/2023
Rail SafetyUnion exec on Ohio train derailment: Labor shortage ‘not just safety but service’ Yahoo! Finance03/08/2023
Rail SafetySafety Agency Opens Probe of Norfolk Southern Rail AccidentsJosh Funk and John SeewerAssociated Press03/07/2023
Rail SafetyLeaked Audio reveals US rail workers were told to skip inspections as Ohio crash prompts scrutiny to industryMichael SainatoThe Guardian03/03/2023
Rail SafetyOver 1,000 Trains Derail Every Year in America. Let’s Bring that Number DownThe LeverThe New York Times02/17/2023
Rail SafetyRail Workers Tried to Warn Us the Ohio Train Derailment Would HappenPrem ThakkerThe New Republic02/08/2023
Remote TrainsOpinion: Don’t Trust Union Pacific’s Remote-Controlled Trains Rolling Through HoustonEddie HallThe Houston Chronicle04/26/2023
Remote TrainsRemote Trains carrying hazmat fall outside Congress’ push for rail regulationJulie TsirkinNBC News04/01/2023
Opposition to Stock BuybacksUnions Say Rails Should Forgo Buybacks, Spend on SafetyAssociated PressUS News04/21/2023
Opposition to Stock BuybacksNorfolk Southern is paying $6.5 million to derailment victims. Meanwhile, it’s shelling out $7.5 billion for shareholders Chris IsidoreCNN Business02/22/2023
Two-Person CrewsSome States Enact Two-Person Crew Law for Trains but Still Lack Federal RegulationMary KennedyProgressive Farmer05/29/2023
Two-Person CrewsUnion Pacific 2nd Railroad to drop push for one-person crewsJosh FunkAssociated Press03/26/2023
Two-Person CrewsUnion Pacific shelves test of one-person crew Josh FunkArkansas Democrat Gazette01/20/2023
Two-Person CrewsWho’s manning the train? Railroads want a one-person crewChris Isidore and Vanessa YurkevichCNN12/14/2022
East Palestine DerailmentNorfolk Southern’s Push for Profits Compromised Safety, Workers Say Peter Eavis, Mark Walker, and Niraj ChokshiNew York Times04/02/2023
East Palestine DerailmentA Carman’s Perspective on the East Palestine Derailment and the Railroad Industry as a WholeMike LThe Real News Network03/31/2023
East Palestine DerailmentRail Unions tell Biden officials that workers have fallen ill at Norfolk Southern derailment siteLori Ann LaRoccoCNBC03/01/2023
East Palestine DerailmentThe East Palestine, Ohio, train wreck didn’t have to be this badUmair IrfanVox02/16/2023
Tragedy in Ohio - Louis P. Shuster DeathNorfolk Southern conductor killed in accident involving a dump truck at Ohio steel facilityKristina Sgueglia, and Ray SanchezCNN03/08/2023
Tragedy in Ohio - Louis P. Shuster DeathNorfolk Southern Conductor Death in Ohio Shows Need to Boost Rail Safety Rules: UnionJessica CorbettCommon Dreams03/07/2023
Tragedy in Ohio - Louis P. Shuster DeathNorfolk Southern train involved in deadly collision in ClevelandMegan McSweney and Sia NyorkorCleveland 1903/07/2023
Tragedy in Ohio - Louis P. Shuster DeathTrain conductor killed as Norfolk Southern reports third accident in a monthBen AmesDC Velocity03/07/2023
SEPTASEPTA Regional Rail engineers take contract dispute to the streets with protest over management fill-insMike DenardoKYW Newsradio05/10/2023
SEPTASEPTA and Regional Rail union are fighting over pay and managers filling in as engineersThomas FitzgeraldThe Philadelphia Inquirer05/03/2023
NJ TransitLeasing a new headquarters could cost NJ Transit almost $400M over 25 yearsLarry HiggsNJ.com06/07/2023
NJ TransitNJ Transit Union workers push for better wages as agency prepares move to new HQTony Caputo and Lenette EspyNews12 New Jersey05/10/2023
NJ TransitNJ Transit engineers are ready to strike over their wages, union saysLarry HiggsNJ.com02/17/2023
NJ TransitNJ Transit, union talks snagged, head to mediationKirstin ColePix 102/16/2023
NJ TransitLabor showdown looming at NJ Transit, one of the nation's largest commuter railroadsChris IsidoreCNN Business02/14/2023
Federal LegislationCongress Facing Pressure to Pass Railway Safety Act Jennifer LewerenzKNSI Radio06/12/2023
Federal LegislationBipartisan support emerges for Senate railroad safety billStephen R. GrovesAP News03/22/2023
Federal LegislationLocomotive Engineers are onboard for the bipartisan Rail Safety Act of 2023American Journal of Transportation03/03/2023
Federal LegislationRail Workers Warn Safety Bill Loopholes Are Big Enough to ‘Run a Freight Train Through'Brett WilkinsCommon Dreams03/03/2023
Federal LegislationOhio senators introduce rail safety bill after fiery crashJulie Carr Smyth and Josh FunkAP News03/01/2023
Legislation in the StatesPennsylvania: A train safety bill inspired by the East Palestine derailment faces tough offs in the Pa. LegislatureStephen CarusoSpotlight PA06/12/2023
Legislation in the StatesMinnesota: Minnesota Enacts Two-Person Crew Size LegislationWilliam C. VantuonoRailway Age05/23/2023
Legislation in the StatesWashington: Rail workers call for safety improvements in Washington stateCasey MartinNPR KUOW05/23/2023
Legislation in the StatesNew York: Buffalo’s State lawmakers call for rail regulations following train derailment East Palestine, OhioBen TsujimotoBuffalo News03/04/2023
Legislation in the StatesNevada and Ohio: Train length and train crew sizes see state legislative actionJoanna MarshFreight Waves04/06/2023
Legislation in the StatesAmid derailments, state lawmakers work on legislation to improve rail safetyAlejandra Marquez Janse, Patrick Jarenwattananon, and Ailsa ChangNPR All Things Considered03/06/2023
Legislation in the StatesStates hold little power on railroads. They’re still trying to tighten rulesLuz Lazo and Ian DuncanThe Washington Post03/03/2023
Government Leaders and News ConferencesNational COSH Announces ‘Dirty Dozen’ Unsafe Employers for 2023Melissa MoriartyNational Council for Occupational Safety and Health04/26/2023
Government Leaders and News ConferencesSenator Sherrod Brown meets with local Railroad union leaders to discuss bi-partisan Railway Safety ActJohn KosichNews 5 Cleveland03/20/2023
Government Leaders and News ConferencesRail union battle for paid sick leave is back on the political agenda in Washington, D.C.Lori Ann LaRoccoCNBC02/10/2023
Government Leaders and News ConferencesSanders and Braun to Hold Press Conference with Rail Workers to Demand Paid Sick Days02/07/2023
New President ElectedBLET President to Retire, avoiding rerun of electionTrains.com12/16/2022
East Palestine DerailmentTrain car believed responsible for East Palestine derailment had not been recently inspectedCatherine RossNews 5 Cleveland06/23/2023
Quality of Life

BLET members ratify engineer scheduling agreement with Union Pacific

Bill StephensTrains.com06/30/2023
Sick Leave

Railroads offer paid sick leave, better work conditions after yearslong efficiency push

Esther FungWall Street Journal06/10/2023
Rail Safety

Rail union says Virginia derailment renews questions about Norfolk Southern’s safety practices

Josh FunkAssociated Press07/07/2023
Rail Safety

Blocked rail crossings snarl towns, but Congress won’t act

Peter Eavis, Mark Walker and Niraj ChokshiNew York Times07/11/2023

Florida Gulf & Atlantic crew members vote to join BLET


Philadelphia’s SEPTA rail system short of staff, and canceling trains

GannettJuly 19, 2023

UP hires CEO favored by hedge fund as Q2 2023 profit falls 15%

Josh FunkAssociated Press07/23/2023

Unions criticize Union Pacific’s selection of Jim Vena as CEO

Bill StephensTrains.com07/31/2023
Sick Leave

BNSF train engineers offered paid sick time and better schedules in new deal

Josh FunkAssociated Press08/02/2023
East Palestine Derailment

Norfolk Southern changes policy on overheated bearings, months after East Palestine derailment

Josh FunkAssociated Press08/01/2023
NJ Transit

Republican lawmakers want to talk with BLET amid NJ Transit strike vote

Colleen WilsonNorthJersey.com08/08/2023
NJ TransitLarry HiggsNJ.com08/07/2023
NJ Transit

NJ Transit engineers to vote on strike authorization

Brenda FlanaganNJ Spotlight News08/08/2023
NJ Transit

Judge tosses NJ Transit lawsuit against engineers’ union

Larry HiggsNJ Advance Media for NJ.com08/17/2023
NJ Transit

NJ Transit engineer strike still looms as judge declines request for injunction

Raven SantanaNJ Spotlight News08/18/2023
Rail Safety

Freight railroads seek changes to federal safety program before joining it

New York Times08/11/2023
Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR)

Union Pacific’s new CEO promises improved safety and service but big rail unions lukewarm on hire

Josh FunkAssociated Press08/14/2023
Rail Safety

Railroads resist joining safety hotline because they want to be able to discipline workers

Josh FunkAssociated Press08/24/2023
NJ Transit

NJ Transit engineers vote to strike

Rail Safety

Regulators blast Union Pacific for running unsafe trains

Topher SandersProPublica09/11/2023
NJ Transit

NJ Transit locomotive engineers launch billboard campaign over stalled contract talks

Larry HiggsNJ.com09/08/2023
NJ TransitNJ Transit's birthday party crashed by engineers upset by stalled negotiationsLarry HiggsNJ.com09/30/2023
Remote Trains

Railroad unions want scrutiny of remote control trains after death of worker in Ohio rail yard

Josh FunkAssociated Press10/06/2023
Legislation in the States

BLET’s Ohio State Legislative Board backs sale of Cincinnati Southern to NS

Bill StephensTrains.com10/09/2023

Two more SEPTA unions will vote on a strike as labor talks intensify

Thomas Fitzgerald, Lizzy McLellan RavitchPhiladelphia Inquirer10/24/2023

Strike threat looms as 3 SEPTA unions seek new contracts

Hayden Mitman NBC Philadelphia10/24/2023
Rail Safety

“Do your job.” How the railroad industry intimidates employees into putting speed before safety

Topher Sanders, Jessica Lussenhop, Dan Schwartz, Danelle Morton and Gabriel SandovalProPublica11/15/2023

SEPTA Regional Rail conductors and engineers have authorized a strike

Lizzy McLellan Ravitsh, Thomas FitzgeraldPhiladelphia Inquirer11/20/2023

BLET, SMART-TD authorize strike on SEPTA

Carolina Worrell Railway Age11/21/2023
Rail Safety

New Jersey lawmakers look to limit high hazard freight trains

Dana DiFilippoNew Jersey Monitor11/28/2023
SEPTASEPTA Regional Rail engineers, conductors vote to authorize strikeBrian A. SaundersPhilly Voice11/21/2023
Rail Safety

A strange 21st-Century revival: The train robbery

Malia Wollan New York Times Magazine01/23/2024
Rail Safety

Norfolk Southern first big freight railway to let workers use anonymous federal safety hotline

Josh FunkAssociated Press01/29/2024
Rail SafetyNorfolk Southern first Class I railroad to join FRA's Confidential Close Call Reporting systemBill StephensTrains.com01/29/2024
Rail SafetyNorfolk Southern employees in Roanoke to join rail safety pilot programJoe DashiellWDBJ01/30/2024
Rail SafetyHas anything changed one year after the derailment in East Palestine?Ed "Flash" FerencAmerica's Work Force Union Podcast02/01/2024
Rail SafetyNorfolk Southern urges shareholders to reject activist investor's takeover plan at the railroadJosh FunkAssociated Press02/27/2024
Rail SafetyPodcast: Norfolk Southern joins Confidential Close Call Reporting System. What does this mean for rail safety? Robert McFerrenWFJM02/16/2024
NJ Transit

NJ Transit says it needs $917 million, but riders say poor service doesn’t warrant paying more per ride

Thomas FitzgeraldPhiladelphia Inquirer03/04/2024
Two-Person Crews

Freight railroads must keep two person crews, according to new federal regulation

Josh FunkAssociated Press04/02/2024
Two-Person Crews

U.S. issues rule requiring at least two people on longest freight trains

Ian Duncan and Tony RommWashington Post04/02/2024
Two-Person Crews

U.S. finalizes rule requiring two-person crews on freight trains

Mark WalkerNew York Times04/02/2024
Two-Person Crews

New train crew rule tests industry’s clout, one year after East Palestine disaster

Ryan AnastasioCNBC04/02/2024
Two-Person Crews

Now trains must have two-person crews. Will that continue for airplanes?

Ted ReedForbes04/04/2024
Two-Person Crews

Federal agency mandates two-person train crews just weeks after Virginia gov. vetoes bill

Ian M. StewartVirginia Public Media04/10/2024
Legislation in the States

Colorado lawmakers weigh limits, safety regulations for trains as derailed Uinta Basin Railway trains seek fresh tracks

Jason BlevinsColorado Sun04/17/2024
Legislation in the States

Opinion: Colorado lawmakers have chance to gain momentum for greater railway safety across the country

Jason DoeringColorado Sun04/17/2024
Rail Safety

What the proxy fight at Norfolk Southern means for railroad safety

Chris Isidore CNN05/08/2024
Rail Safety

Activist investor wins 4 Norfolk Southern board seats but won’t have control to fire CEO

Josh FunkAssociated Press 05/09/2024
Rail Safety

Local deaths part of increasing annual toll from fatal pedestrian-train collisions nationwide

Lynn Hulsey, Aimee Hancock and Jen BaldufDayton Daily News05/16/2024
East Palestine Derailment

NTSB derailment investigation renews concerns about detectors, tank cars and Norfolk Southern

Josh FunkAssociated Press06/26/2024
East Palestine Derailment

NTSB chair says Norfolk Southern interfered with derailment probe after botching vent and burn call

Paul Van OsdolWTAE06/25/2024

Unions for Regional Rail Engineers and conductors reach tentative contract agreements with SEPTA

Thomas FitzgeraldPhiladelphia Inquirer06/27/2024
NJ Transit

Feds end mediation between NJ Transit and engineers’ union. What happens now?

Larry HiggsNJ Advance Media for NJ.com06/25/2024
Rail Safety

Wyoming’s oldest, and still active, railroad union predates statehood by 21 years

Dale KillingbeckCowboy State Daily06/01/2024
East Palestine Derailment

Railroads pledge to make additional safety improvements based on NTSB East Palestine findings

Bill StephensTrains.com06/26/2024