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BLET Media Archive

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

TopicTitleReporterPublicationDate
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
Organizing

Florida Gulf & Atlantic crew members vote to join BLET

Trains.com07/17/2023
SEPTA

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

GannettJuly 19, 2023
PSR

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

Josh FunkAssociated Press07/23/2023
PSR

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

Trains.com09/01/2023
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
SEPTA

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

Thomas Fitzgerald, Lizzy McLellan RavitchPhiladelphia Inquirer10/24/2023
SEPTA

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

SEPTA Regional Rail conductors and engineers have authorized a strike

Lizzy McLellan Ravitsh, Thomas FitzgeraldPhiladelphia Inquirer11/20/2023
SEPTA

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