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Federal court orders UP to put BLET officers, member back to work

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 4 — A federal
judge in El Paso, Texas has ordered Union
Pacific Railroad (UP) to reverse the
unlawful suspensions of a group of six
members of the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
(BLET) — five of whom are elected officers
of Division 192 in El Paso. The judge ruled
that all these union members had been
wrongfully suspended by the UP in
violation of the Railway Labor Act (RLA).
UP had suspended these union members
for a physical altercation at a private union
meeting that was off-duty and completely
off company premises.

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Rail Unions Endorse the INVEST in America Act

On behalf of the undersigned rail labor organizations, we write today to express our strong support for H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act. This legislation would have transformative impacts across the rail industry and the nation, benefiting rail workers, consumers, travelers, and the broader economy. We applaud Chair DeFazio and Chair Payne for a bold approach to our national rail system.

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Benefits of Being an ATDA Unionized Railroad Worker

Being a Unionized railroader has distinct advantages. The attached video provides some basic information about how railroad Unions function and what they do for you. This video also highlights the importance of having a contract and the role the Union has in enforcing it.

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Support the REEF Act

We are writing to you to ask you to support the “Railroad Unemployment Equity and Fairness Act (“REEF Act”), S. 4860, sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
The REEF Act ends the unfair sequestration of Railroad Retirement Sickness and Unemployment benefits for railroad workers who become unemployed or sick on the job.

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Rail Labor Letter to FRA

On March 13th, the FRA opened the Emergency Relief Docket (FRA-2020-0002) for Novel
Coronavirus (COVID-19), activating the provisions of 49 CFR § 211.45. These provisions grant the FRA wide latitude to expeditiously waive its regulations, including those that concern rail safety and the wellbeing and fair treatment of employees. For these reasons, we are carefully
monitoring requests for relief made to the docket and may file additional comments on present or future petitions.