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Thanksgiving 2022

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every member of our proud Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. You are indeed what makes the BLET the leading Rail Labor union in the United States, and your dedication makes the American economy the strongest in the world.

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BLET, SMART TD Town Hall yields facts about tentative agreement

At a November 9 Town Hall meeting, SMART Transportation Division President Jeremy Ferguson and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen President Dennis Pierce discussed the tentative National Rail Agreement with dozens of members from both unions. A video recording of the Town Hall (approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes) is available on the BLET and SMART TD websites. 

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Daily Headlines

CP “ready to roll” on KCS merger

Canadian Pacific officials are upbeat about what 2023 might bring for the railway, with U.S. regulators poised to move soon on CP’s request to merge with Kansas City Southern. 

Teamsters honor the lessons of black history

Black history is woven into the history of the American labor movement and the history of our union. Throughout much of our nation’s existence, Black history has been long ignored or outright suppressed. That is why, during Black History Month, we honor the contributions Black Americans have made to this country and to the advancement of working people everywhere.

CP Rail reports Q4, full-year 2022 results

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited today announced its fourth-quarter results, including revenues of $2.46 billion, operating ratio (“OR”) of 59.8 percent, adjusted OR1 of 59.1 percent, diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) of $1.36 and core adjusted diluted EPS1 of $1.14.

Biden announces federal funds for Hudson, B&P rail tunnel projects

President Joe Biden today announced the award of $1.2 billion in grants from the new National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program (Mega) for nine projects across the country, including one to fund preparations for the Hudson Tunnel and Gateway projects.

Iowa bill seeks to limit length of freight trains

The bill would prevent railroad companies from running trains that exceed 8,500 feet in length, or about 1.6 miles. If signed into law, the rule could cost companies between $500 and $5,000 per violation.

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