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Ballots for strike authorization being mailed June 24 to BLET members at Class I railroads

This week, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is mailing ballots to more than 23,000 members seeking authorization for the Union’s leadership to call a strike should one become necessary to settle the current national contract dispute with the nation’s largest rail carriers. This is a mandatory step required by the Brotherhood’s internal law as the Union approaches the point where self-help becomes a legal option to both labor and management.

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Arrangements announced for former BLET VP Paul Wingo

The family will receive friends at the Maple Grove Baptist Church (9525 Birchwood Pike, Harrison, TN 37341) on Thursday, June 9, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., and a service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Brother Wingo will be laid to rest with military honors on Monday, June 13 (10:30 a.m.), at the Chattanooga National Cemetery (1200 Bailey Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404).

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Memorial Day 2022

Statement by BLET National President Dennis Pierce: Each year on Memorial Day, our Brotherhood pays tribute to the men and women who have given their lives serving in our military. It is an important holiday for the BLET and its members as we honor the fallen for defending our country and our way of life.

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Daily Headlines

Beset by congestion, BNSF to limit carload traffic bound for California

BNSF’s recrew rate was much higher along the Southern Transcon, which across New Mexico, Arizona, and into Southern California carries more than 80 trains per day and is the busiest freight railroad in North America. BNSF recrewed 19.9% of its trains on the California Division and 22.5% on the neighboring Southwest Division.

RRB Q&A: Medicare for railroad families

The following questions and answers provide railroad workers with basic information on Medicare eligibility and coverage, as well as other information on the Medicare program.

Primus to be renominated to STB

Robert E. Primus will be renominated to continue serving as a Member of the Surface Transportation Board. Primus is a Member of the Surface Transportation Board.

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