WISLB Podcast with Joshua Weatherford NOV 2018

Posted by Anthony Dimond on November 25, 2018

November 2018
WISLB Podcast with Joshua Weatherford

WISLB Executive Board 1st Discussion, Chairman Schulz, First-Vice Chairman Dimond, Secretary Treasurer Stroik
WISLB Executive Board 2nd Discussion, Chairman Schulz, First-Vice Chairman Dimond, Secretary Treasurer Stroik

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WISLB Podcast with Joshua Weatherford OCT 2018

Posted by Anthony Dimond on November 25, 2018

 

October 2018

WISLB Podcast with Joshua Weatherford

Jessica Cole  BLET Auxiliary 2nd vice chairwoman & National Legislative Representative-Oct 2018
John Tolman BLET Vice President & National Legislative Representative-Oct 2018
Bob Hagan BLET Director of Political and Legislative Affairs-Oct 2018
David Brown BLET Minnesota State Legislative Board Chairman-Oct 2018

 

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Thanksgiving 2018

Posted by Anthony Dimond on November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

By Dennis R. Pierce
BLET National President

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 21 — At Thanksgiving, I ask our membership to join me in a moment of reflection for those who are away from their families at this special time of year. Let us remember our service men and women, who are fighting overseas or are stationed at military bases throughout the world. Let us also remember our own BLET Brothers and Sisters, who are sitting in the cab of a locomotive or in a hotel instead of at the Thanksgiving dinner table with their families.

In the toil of our day-to-day lives, we may forget in this season of Thanksgiving that we are truly blessed. We sometimes forget to count our blessings because, as locomotive engineers and trainmen, we work extremely hard to earn our pay and benefits.

While our work at the railroad often prevents us from fully enjoying the fruits of our labor, we are blessed with the knowledge that our hard work and dedication puts food on the table and clothes on the backs of our children and families.

At this time of year, I would also like to express my thanks to all of our elected officers and staff at the national, general committee, state and local levels. I am thankful for your hard work and devotion to the Brotherhood.

Earlier this year, the BLET held its Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas and all BLET members should be proud of the results. Our delegates put in long hours poring over many important changes to strengthen our Bylaws and our Brotherhood. They are part of a long line of delegates who proudly carry the torch of Brotherhood that was first lit by the brave founders who established our great union in 1863. I am thankful for our delegates and am proud of the work they accomplished while in session.

But most of all, I am thankful for our members, both past and present.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the Brothers and Sisters of past generations, whose commitment and sacrifice helped to lay a solid foundation. And I am also proud of today’s generation of locomotive engineers and trainmen for continuing to build upon that foundation so that today, the BLET stands as the leading rail labor union in America.

On behalf of the BLET Advisory Board, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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VOTE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS ON NOVEMBER 6

Posted by Anthony Dimond on October 31, 2018


 

VOTE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS ON NOVEMBER 6

Brothers and Sisters,

On Election Day, November 6, Wisconsin voters have the opportunity to make a fundamental change in the course of our proud State. Gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers is seeking to reverse the direction of the current Governor and move Wisconsin, as its motto declares, “Forward.”
Since his election Scott Walker has been, by no definition, a friend of the Labor movement. Backed by out-of- state “dark money”, most notably corporate donors such as the billionaire Koch brothers, Governor Walker has rampaged Unions in what was once a proud Labor state.

Labor views notwithstanding, Walker has used ”divide and conquer” as a tactic on Wisconsin residents, leaving a once proud tradition of bi-partisanship laid to waste. A world renowned education system is now in tatters, infrastructure is in disrepair and the Governor’s Foxconn debacle will cost generations of Wisconsin taxpayers over four billion dollars. These are just some examples of the effects of Walkers administration has had.
Tony Evers strong Labor stance is much needed in this time of a declining middle class in Wisconsin. It is assured that a Governor Evers administration would seek to preserve and protect not only the rights of our Union Sisters and Brothers, but specifically Railroaders, as he has pledged to preserve Wisconsin’s “Two Person Crew” law.
The past eight years have proven that Elections have consequences! Use your constitutional right to register and vote. Don’t let your voice be silenced. VOTE this November 6th!

A message from the BLET Mobilization Team

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VOTE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS ON NOVEMBER 6

Posted by Anthony Dimond on October 24, 2018

VOTE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS ON NOVEMBER 6

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The BLET Mobilization Team, in conjunction with the Wisconsin State Legislative Board would like to remind you to take personal action and vote during this mid-term election on November 6th. It is critical that all Members vote to preserve our Union Rights to bargain for wages, health care and safety in the workplace. Additionally, Railroad Retirement, FELA and Whistleblower Protection, amongst others, stand at great risk unless the current administration is not put in check.

Registering to vote can be done at your polling place up to and including Election Day, November 6, 2018. Unfortunately, online registration is now closed.

Wisconsin does not require a citizen to provide a valid excuse to vote absentee, however; your absentee request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2018. Voters can also request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office through November 4, 2018.

The link, https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee provides information on requesting an absentee ballot online.
Wisconsin also permits no-excuse early voting. This allows citizens to cast ballots in person at a municipal clerk’s office or polling place prior to an election.

If you are unsure where your polling place is, it can be found at: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace
Use your constitutional right to register and vote.

Elections have consequences! Don’t let your voice be silenced.

VOTE this November 6th!

A message from the BLET Mobilization Team

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Wisconsin Voters info

Posted by Anthony Dimond on September 27, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

When registering to vote at your Polling Place, you can do so on Election Day, November 6, 2018. Voters who are able to match their name, date of birth, Wisconsin Driver License or State ID number, and address with the Wisconsin DMV can register to vote online through October 17, 2018. I would strongly recommend this option to avoid long lines on election day.

Use this link below to register online which will only take a minute or so.

https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/register-to-vote/?source=nvrd-topnav

We have 20 states that require a citizen to provide a valid excuse to vote absentee, Wisconsin is not one of them.
It is important to note, your absentee request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on
November 1, 2018. Voters can also request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office
through November 4, 2018.

Use this link below to request an absentee ballot online. This also only takes a minute or two.

https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee

Wisconsin also permits no-excuse early voting. Early voting permits citizens to cast ballots in person at a municipal
clerk’s office or polling place prior to an election.

This link will help you find your Polling Place. https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace

Use your constitutional right to register and vote. Help them, help us on election day.

 

Thank you for your time.

 

Respectfully,

Chuck M. Schulz
Wisconsin State Legislative Board – Chairman
Teamsters – Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen

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Posted by Anthony Dimond on March 9, 2018

Join us at our annual meeting to celebrate our 25th anniversary!  We will celebrate our accomplishments and look to the future of passenger rail.
Saturday, March 24 9:00a – 3:00p at Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
Click here to register
Since 1993, we’ve grown from a small group that could fit around a conference table, to tens of thousands of supporters around the Midwest. We are now the nation’s largest high-speed rail advocacy organization, and we’ve brought together lawmakers, businesses and advocates to support and improve passenger rail around our region.
We have a great line up of speakers, including:
Keynote

Martin Ritter, CEO, Stadler USA
The Stadler FLIRT (pictured above) is the first trainset to use modernized safety regulations that make trains safer, more cost-effective and more attractive to passengers.

Illinois Senator Steve Stadleman, Vice-Chairman, Senate Transportation Committee

Kitty Kurth, President, Kurth Lampe
Flexing your citizenship muscles – Making sure your ideas get heard

Audrey Wennink, Director of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Council
Show me the Money: The opportunity for sustainable transportation funding in Illinois

Levar Hoard, Managing Director, Urban Development Lab
The hydrogen fuel cell strategy – Hydroline

Chen-Yu Lin, Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Safety considerations on mixed-use lines

Chris Kopp, Transportation Planning Practice Leader, HNTB Corp.
Thoughts on a new Midwest Rail Plan

Dave Winters, Midwest High Speed Rail Association
Legislative update

Rick Harnish, Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association
Progress and opportunities

Click here to register
Feel free to call the office at 773-334-6758 with any questions.
Sponsored By:

Stadler

Events
2018 Annual Meeting
March 24, 2018
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Maggiano’s, 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
Engage with industry leaders from rail, transit, construction, engineering, development, planning and architecture during MHSRA’s informative annual event.
Learn more and register now!
High speed rail study tour of Italy
Nov. 3 to 11, 2018
The best way to see how fast, frequent and dependable trains transform communities is to ride them and see the cities they serve.
Our 2018 trip will take us to Italy to see the Phased Network Approach in action, visit great stations and learn about local transit systems. And, of course, we will see the sights along the way.
Learn more, see the full itinerary, and register today.

MidwestHSR.org
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625
(773) 334-6758

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SMART-TD And BLET Join BRS in Ratifying Agreements with the Freight Railroads

Posted by Anthony Dimond on December 2, 2017

Accords Now Cover Over 81,000 in National Bargaining

Nearly 80 percent of the members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division (SMART-TD), including its Yardmasters Division, and 88 percent of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLET) members ratified new contract terms with the nation’s largest freight railroads.

Four of the six unions in the coalition known as the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) have ratified tentative agreements reached with the railroads in early October. The unions in the CBG represent almost 60 percent of the 145,000 employees covered in this bargaining round.

“I want to thank the unions for their dedicated efforts,” said Chairman Lance Fritz. “I’m pleased we were able to negotiate a deal that was ratified by our employees, ensuring the Union Pacific team can continue its vital role building America.”

Earlier this week, two other CBG members, the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS), announced the ratification of their tentative agreements.

“Ratification of these agreements demonstrates that collective bargaining in the rail industry succeeds when the parties are committed to doing the hard work necessary to find common ground,” said A. Kenneth Gradia, chairman of the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), the railroads’ bargaining representative. “These agreements serve as a pattern for the resolution of national negotiations with the rest of the rail unions.”

“The 20,000 UP employees represented by BLET, BRS and SMART-TD will be well served by this voluntary agreement,” said Joe O’Connor, vice president-Labor Relations.

In addition to Union Pacific, the NCCC represents more than 30 railroads, including BNSF, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern, in national bargaining with 12 rail unions. Bargaining began in 2015.

Additionally, the NRLC website contains information on the negotiation process and issues being negotiated.

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Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Ratifies Agreement With The Freight Railroads

Posted by Anthony Dimond on November 30, 2017

Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Ratifies Agreement With The Freight Railroads

Members of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) have ratified new contract terms with the nation’s largest freight railroads. The BRS is the second in the six-union coalition known as the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) to ratify the tentative agreements reached with the railroads in early October. The American Train Dispatchers Association announced its agreement was ratified by the membership Nov. 27.

“We’re glad to hear that BRS members have endorsed this agreement,” said A. Kenneth Gradia, chairman of the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), the railroads’ bargaining representative. “We are hopeful that similar announcements will be forthcoming in the next few days from other unions in this coalition. As I’ve noted, these agreements serve as a pattern for the resolution of national negotiations with the rest of the rail unions.”

The other four unions in the CBG are: the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Forgers and Helpers; the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers; and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division (SMART-TD), including its Yardmasters Division.

The unions in the CBG represent 85,000 employees, almost 60 percent of the 145,000 employees covered in this bargaining round, which began in 2015.

The NCCC represents more than 30 railroads, including BNSF, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific, in national bargaining with the rail unions.

Additionally, the NRLC website contains information on the negotiation process and issues being negotiated.

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Bill to repeal right-to-work nationwide introduced in Senate

Posted by admin on September 23, 2017

Bill to repeal right-to-work nationwide introduced in Senate

(Source: Washington Examiner, September 21, 2017) 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday to repeal all state right-to-work laws, arguing that the laws, which prevent workers from being forced to join or financially support a labor union as a condition of employment, are wrong because they make it harder to form unions. The legislation is two sentences long: “This act may be cited as the ‘Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act’. Subsection (b) of section 14 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 164) is repealed.”

Full story: Washington Examiner

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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