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Privacy Policy / Terms of Use

Privacy Policy

Protecting your private information is our priority. This Privacy Policy and Terms of Use was created to explain how you may use the information contained on our websites, which includes, for purposes of the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, using our communication applications, including applications on third-party sites or platforms such as social networking sites, and to explain how we use information that you may provide while visiting our website.

This Statement of Privacy applies to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (“BLET”) and governs data collection and usage with our website located at ble-t.org (the “Website”). Before you use or submit any information in connection with the Website, carefully review this Privacy Policy. By using the Website, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your information as outlined below. The terms “you” or “user” refer to all individuals and entities accessing the Website for any reason. The terms “us” or “we” refer to the BLET.

Collection of your Personal Information

In order to better serve our membership, we collect information our users provide. BLET may collect personally identifiable information, such as your:

  • First and Last Name
  • Mailing Address
  • E-mail Address
  • Mobile Phone Number
  • Employer
  • Job Title

BLET may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your:

  • Age
  • Gender

Automatically Collected Information

When you visit our Website, we may automatically receive and record information from your computer or mobile device. The types of information we may collect include:

  • Your IP Address
  • Browser Type
  • Browser Language
  • State or Country from which you accessed the Website
  • Software and Hardware attributes (including device IDs)
  • Exit Pages and URLs
  • Platform Type
  • Pages Viewed
  • Date and Time you used the Website

This information allows us to understand how members are navigating and using our Website, and how we can improve the overall experience.

Notice Concerning Do-Not-Track Signals

Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. We do not currently recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals.

Links

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Security of your Personal Information

BLET secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. BLET uses the following methods for this purpose:

  • SSL Protocol

When personal information is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

We strive to take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control; and (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Site cannot be guaranteed.

Children Under Thirteen

BLET does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.

Email Communication Terms and Conditions

By providing your email, you are opting in to receive periodic emails from the BLET concerning such items as press releases, organization-wide announcements that impact all members, pro-union legislation and action alerts. You can expect occasional email message frequency (twice weekly), but that frequency may change.

If you would like to stop receiving communications via email from BLET, you may opt out of such communications by Members may unsubscribe from emails by “replying STOP” or “clicking on the UNSUBSCRIBE button.

Text Message (SMS) Terms and Conditions

By providing your cell phone number, you are opting in to receive periodic SMS (short message service) text messages from the BLET concerning such items as organization-wide announcements that impact all members, pro-union legislation and action alerts. You can expect occasional text message frequency (twice monthly), but that frequency may change.

You can cancel the SMS service at any time, by texting “STOP” to 833-517-1541 After you send the SMS “STOP” message, you will receive a SMS message to confirm that you have been unsubscribed and will no longer receive SMS messages.

If you experience issues with the messaging platform, simply text the keyword HELP to 833-517-1541for more assistance or reach out via email to support@ble-t.org.

As always, message and data rates may apply for any messages sent to or from you. If you have any questions about your text plan or data plan, it is best to contact your wireless provider. Carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages.

  • By opting in:
    You authorize BLET to use autodialer or non-autodialer technology to send text messages to the cell phone number associated with your opt in.

    You confirm that you are the subscriber to the provided phone number, or that you are the customary user of that number on a family or business plan and that you are authorized to opt-in.

    You consent to the use of an electronic record to document your opt-in.

  • Changes to Terms and Conditions
    BLET may revise, modify, or amend these BLET SMS Terms and Conditions at any time. Any such revision, modification, or amendment shall take effect when it is posted to BLET’s website (https://www.ble-t.org/privacy). You agree to review these BLET SMS Terms and Conditions periodically to ensure that you are aware of any changes. Your continued consent to receive BLET text messages will indicate your acceptance of those changes.

External Data Storage Sites

We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.

How We Protect Your Information

We have implemented administrative, technical, and physical security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and/or alteration of your information. These safeguards vary based on the sensitivity of the information that we collect and store. However, we cannot and do not guarantee that these measures will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use, or disclose your information because, despite our efforts, no Internet and/or other electronic transmissions can be completely secure.

Changes to this Statement

BLET reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, by placing a prominent notice on our website, and/or by updating any privacy information. Your continued use of the website and/or Services available after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgment of the modified Privacy Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Policy.

Terms of Use

Agreement between User and www.ble-t.org

Welcome to www.ble-t.org. The www.ble-t.org website (the “Site”) is comprised of various web pages operated by BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS AND TRAINMEN (“BLET”). www.ble-t.org is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein (the “Terms”). Your use of www.ble-t.org constitutes your agreement to all such Terms. Please read these terms carefully, and keep a copy of them for your reference.

Privacy

Your use of www.ble-t.org is subject to BLET’s Privacy Policy. Please review our Privacy Policy, which also governs the Site and informs users of our data collection practices.

Electronic Communications

Visiting www.ble-t.org or sending emails to BLET constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Site, satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.

Your Account

If you use this site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity. You acknowledge that BLET is not responsible for third party access to your account that results from theft or misappropriation of your account. BLET and its associates reserve the right to refuse or cancel service, terminate accounts, or remove or edit content in our sole discretion.

Children Under Thirteen

BLET does not knowingly collect, either online or offline, personal information from persons under the age of thirteen. If you are under 18, you may use www.ble-t.org only with permission of a parent or guardian.

Links to Third Party Sites/Third Party Services

www.ble-t.org may contain links to other websites (“Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of BLET and BLET is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. BLET is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by BLET of the site or any association with its operators.

Certain services made available via www.ble-t.org are delivered by third party sites and organizations. By using any product, service or functionality originating from the www.ble-t.org domain, you hereby acknowledge and consent that BLET may share such information and data with any third party with whom BLET has a contractual relationship to provide the requested product, service or functionality on behalf of www.ble-t.org users and members.

No Unlawful or Prohibited Use/Intellectual Property

You are granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to access and use www.ble-t.org strictly in accordance with these terms of use. As a condition of your use of the Site, you warrant to BLET that you will not use the Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. You may not use the Site in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Site or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Site.

All content included as part of the Service, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well as the compilation thereof, and any software used on the Site, is the property of BLET or its suppliers and protected by copyright and other laws that protect intellectual property and proprietary rights. You agree to observe and abide by all copyright and other proprietary notices, legends or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto.

You will not modify, publish, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part, found on the Site. BLET content is not for resale. Your use of the Site does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content. You will use protected content solely for your personal use, and will make no other use of the content without the express written permission of BLET and the copyright owner. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content. We do not grant you any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of BLET or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.

Third Party Accounts

You will be able to connect your BLET account to third party accounts. By connecting your BLET account to your third-party account, you acknowledge and agree that you are consenting to the continuous release of information about you to others (in accordance with your privacy settings on those third-party sites). If you do not want information about you to be shared in this manner, do not use this feature.

International Users

The Service is controlled, operated and administered by BLET from our offices within the USA. If you access the Service from a location outside the USA, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. You agree that you will not use the BLET Content accessed through www.ble-t.org in any country or in any manner prohibited by any applicable laws, restrictions or regulations.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless BLET, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third parties, for any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) relating to or arising out of your use of or inability to use the Site or services, any user postings made by you, your violation of any terms of this Agreement or your violation of any rights of a third party, or your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. BLET reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with BLET in asserting any available defenses.

Liability Disclaimer

THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS AND TRAINMEN AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME.

BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS AND TRAINMEN AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS AND TRAINMEN AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS AND TRAINMEN AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR RELATED SERVICES, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE SITE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS AND TRAINMEN OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE SITE, OR WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE.

Termination/Access Restriction

BLET reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Site and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Ohio and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Ohio in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Site. Use of the Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms, including, without limitation, this section.

You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and BLET as a result of this agreement or use of the Site. BLET’s performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of BLET’s right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Site or information provided to or gathered by BLET with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.

Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and BLET with respect to the Site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and BLET with respect to the Site. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents be written in English.

Changes to Terms

BLET reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change the Terms under which www.ble-t.org is offered. The most current version of the Terms will supersede all previous versions. BLET encourages you to periodically review the Terms to stay informed of our updates.

Contact Information

BLET welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy and Terms of Use. If you believe that BLET has not adhered to this Statement, please contact BLET at:

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
7061 East Pleasant Valley Road
Independence, Ohio 44131

Email Address:
support@ble-t.org

Telephone number:
216-241-2630

Effective as of November 15, 2021