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Iowa: Working hard to grow the BLET PAC Fund

State Chairman Mike Walker and members of the Iowa State Legislative Board have been hard at work this year signing up new members to voluntarily contribute to the Brotherhood’s Political Action Committee Fund (BLET PAC Fund). Last week, Brother Walker presented a...

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BLET members march in Toledo Labor Day parade

Members of BLET Division 4 and Division 937 had the honor of being first in line at the annual Labor Day Parade in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, September 4. “It’s a big deal to be first out in this parade, which is one of the largest in the state,” said John Esterly,...

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Federal judge denies NJ Transit’s frivolous nuisance motion to block BLET strike authorization vote

On Thursday afternoon, the Hon. Christine O’Hearn, a judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, denied NJ Transit’s (NJT) cynical attempt to strip members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) of their legal right to hold a strike vote under the rule of the federal Railway Labor Act.

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Daily Headlines

Wildfires keep railroads busy out west

As wildfires continue to burn across the West, a number of railroads are deploying a unique and rarely-seen tool: the fire train. This week, BNSF Railway, Montana Rail Link and Canadian Pacific all have fire trains at the ready to help contain fires currently burning in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. 

STB denies BNSF request for partial stay of recent Emergency Service Order

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is requiring the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) to transport coal from Navajo Transitional Energy Company LLC’s (NTEC) Montana mine to Canada for export after NTEC alleged BNSF has breached its common carrier obligation. In turn, BNSF filed a lawsuit, asking the courts to set aside STB’s order.

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