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New Facebook Page

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Fellow Union Brothers and Sisters,

To begin, I am pleased to announce that the WISLB has started a Facebook page. The purpose and intent of this page is to keep the membership up to date in the activities of the Board and also as a tool to pass information as quickly and effectively as possible. As a reminder, the duties of the Board are primarily Safety and Legislative issues and actions. Any contractual questions or issues should be referred to your respective General Committee representative. Further, we all have different views on what’s going on in the world, the intent of the page should remain on the issues on hand and not as a personal forum.

We as labor members in Wisconsin are in a very unique situation. Our Governor has entered the 2016 Presidential Race, and our concerns should be the action his administration has taken over his time in office and how that will relate to us on a national level. For example, “Right to work” has been implemented without hesitation or regard to the working class people of Wisconsin (notably after he stated “right to work” was not on his agenda). We must consider the impact of a national “right to work” law on us a railroaders. If such a law was passed the very core of how the BLET operates would be affected. One must remember that although the title sounds very catchy, the legislation itself has nothing to do with giving the worker any rights. It is meant simply to put labor organizations in a precarious financial situation, thereby limiting their ability to properly represent the membership. Essentially giving the railroad and or corporation total control in how it treats its employees. Working in this industry we all understand what the implications of that would be.

I would like to challenge all members to participate in the Political Action Committee (PAC) program with at least a $5 a month contribution. This money is specifically used to help ANY politician who helps us with the issues we are working on. As far as numbers go, on a national level we are being far outspent by the railroads in the political world.  According to last year’s numbers, the BLET national total for PAC was approximately $512,000, however, the railroads spent over 6.4 million in PAC and over 34 million in lobbying politicians. This doesn’t even include donations made from corporate treasury funds that is not accountable. For far less than a cup of coffee a day, your contribution to the PAC can have a positive influence in your career. Please contact your Division LR for an application and contribute to our cause.
Respectfully,
Chuck M. Schulz
Wisconsin State Legislative Board – Chairman
Teamsters – Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen
2768 Oakwood Circle
Oshkosh, WI 54904
chairman@wislb.org
Cell /Office (920) 410-2953

BLET National Election Candidate Web Addresses

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Sisters and Brothers,
Here is a list of websites that BLET Candidates for National Division Office have set up. I urge you to visit each website and look at what each candidate has to offer so that you can make an educated decision on who you should vote for.
 
 
 
 
The ballots will be mailed out on Monday, November 15, 2010. No matter who your choice is, please do not pass up this opportunity to have your voice heard. VOTE!
 

Anthony Dimond, Chairman

WSLB/BLET/IBT

DIV. 176 LR.

E 9775 Buckhorn Rd.

Reedsburg, WI 53959

tdjcts@email.msn.com

(608)415-6020 home/office

(608)448-8175 cell

Election Day Reflections

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Brothers & sisters,

Now is the time we will see what the new Wisconsin legislative make-up can do for us, the working families, as well as for the jobless.   

With the State Assembly, Senate, and Governorship now in Republican hands, we must not forget that we have always found friends and supporters on both sides of the aisle.  It has never been more important to continue to work hard for our goals and the welfare of our families.

As always, disappointments and setbacks may lie ahead, but we must not be discouraged in our efforts to work for our goals.  I promise to continue to do my very best to work for on-the-job safety, employee welfare, and family well-being.

Anthony Dimond, Chairman

WSLB/BLET/IBT

Nuclear Policy Analyst

DIV. 176 LR.

E 9775 Buckhorn Rd.

Reedsburg, WI 53959

tdjcts@email.msn.com

(608)415-6020 home/office

(608)448-8175 cell

Voter registration and Absentee Ballot

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

 

Brothers and Sisters, 

It is not too late to file and vote Absentee. Please take a moment out of your busy schedules to do so. It is in our power to elect pro-working family candidates like Russ Feingold, Tom Barrett, Steve Kagen, and Julie Lassa but only if you take action! Below you will find all the information needed to complete Registration and voting.  

Wisconsin Application for Absentee Ballot

http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=13379&locid=47  

  

Wisconsin Voter Registration Application 

  

  
  
  

Wisconsin Municipal Clerks  

http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=10506   

Anthony Dimond, Chairman  

WSLB/BLET/IBT  

DIV. 176 LR.  

E 9775 Buckhorn Rd.  

Reedsburg, WI 53959  

tdjcts@email.msn.com  

(608)415-6020 home/office  

(608)448-8175 cell  

   

   

A wakeup for Railroaders

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

WISCONSIN STATE LEGISLATIVE BOARD

BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS & TRAINMEN

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS

 

             ANTHONY DIMOND, CHAIRMAN

                  E9775 Buckhorn RD, Reedsburg, Wisconsin 53959 (608) 415-6020; Cell (608) 448-8175; TDJCTS@email.msn.com

 

Fellow Railroaders,

In a most recent article of Straight Track a fellow Railroader received a court award for injuries sustained while on duty. While I do not find the following paragraph offensive, I do find it disturbing and a wakeup call. How would I feel if put into this situation as a Locomotive Engineer? I do not know all the particulars of this case and am using one paragraph out of many from the original article, so please read the full article railroadhfschulteverdict.

 The facts demonstrated by Mr. Farina and Mr. Brugess at trial showed that the IAIS violated   49 Code of Federal Regulations Section 220.49, which requires the railroad to halt a shove move of railcars in one half the distance of the last radio command, unless further instructions are received. The last radio communication given by Mr. Schulte was “give me one more car”, which was a direction to shove 50 feet; the industry accepted length of a railroad car. Accordingly, the train should have stopped in ½ the distance, i.e., the train should have stopped after traveling 25 feet after Andrew’s last radio command. Instead, the train continued moving for 113 feet and ran over Andrew Schulte, crushing his lower body.

We as Train and Engine employees understand the dangerous nature of railroading, let us all work together for a safer tomorrow.

Fraternally Yours,

Anthony Dimond, Chairman

BLET WSLB

 AMTRAK * BNSF * CPRR* CNRR* METRA * UNION PACIFIC

“SAFETY, OUR COMMITMENT”

AB 314 Public Hearing

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Proposal: AB-314 (09-1464)
  Bill History: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB314hst.html

  Relating to: pesticide use by railroads, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation…
   Assembly Bill 314 has been scheduled for a public hearing by Committee on Commerce, Utilities, Energy, and Rail in the Senate.  Date/time: March 23, 2010 at 11:05 AM.  Location: 400 Southeast.

Please join us for the Public Hearing.

Tony Dimond WSLB Chairman

UPRR Fake Form B Test

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

UPRR  Brothers and Sisters,

I am sure that you have all heard about, if not experienced, the “Fake”  Form  B test that the company has been conducting. The form B is in your Track Bulletins and has a fictitious Foreman and gang number. When you call the foreman in charge you are really calling an MOP posing as the foreman. He may give you the wrong milepost locations or the wrong bulletin number or the wrong engine number or no speed etc. so be alert! Remember, you  cannot enter a form B without being given a speed…period!

 NOW FOR NEW TWIST THEY ARE USING TO TRICK YOU!

 THEY HAVE BEEN PLACING AN UNANNOUNCED YELLOW RED BOARD IN ADVANCE OF THE  ONE IN YOUR ORDERS AND A RED FLAG 2 MILES FROM THAT UNANNOUNCED FLAG.

 NOW PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 THEY ARE CALLING YOU ON THE RADIO JUST BEFORE YOU REACH THEIR UNANNOUNCED YELLOW RED BOARD AND WILL CLEAR YOU THROUGH THE LIMITS OF THE FICTITIOUS FORM B IN YOUR WARRANTS!

THIS IS TO DISTRACT YOUR ATTENTION FROM THE UNANNOUNCED YELLOW RED BOARD AND KEEP YOU OCCUPIED WRITING AUTHORITY  WHILE YOU APPROACH THE RED FLAG!

 There is a crew out of service right now in the West Colton area for this test and UTU Local Chairman Dan Martin can tell you first hand that they almost got him on the very same test two weeks ago. Dan is going to discuss this test with the superintendent as he feels it is a test designed not for testing your proficiency on the rules but rather a test designed to entrap crews with deceitful tactics.

 If a foreman calls you on the radio to give you clearance BEWARE! Check  your milepost location and be sure you know exactly where you are in relation to the form B in your warrants. Stop the train if necessary and have a job briefing.

I am positive Local Chairmen and General Chairmen for BLET and UTU members of the UPRR are doing everthing they can to stop this poor testing tactic. 

Anthony Dimond, Chairman

WSLB/BLET/IBT

Nuclear Policy Analyst

DIV. 176 LR.

E 9775 Buckhorn Rd.

Reedsburg, WI 53959

tdjcts@email.msn.com

(608)415-6020 home/office

(608)448-8175 cell

Cell Phone use at Work –

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Attached is a video that was prepared by Network Rail in England for use in employee safety training classes. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhDCecBVXeQ

Please watch this video and show it to other Railroaders. Then turn the cell phones off at work it’s the law!

Alert #1 January 6, 2010

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

WISCONSIN STATE LEGISLATIVE BOARD

BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS & TRAINMEN

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS

ANTHONY DIMOND, CHAIRMAN

E9775 Buckhorn RD, Reedsburg, Wisconsin 53959 (608) 415-6020; Cell (608) 448-8175; TDJCTS@email.msn.com

ALERT!

Alert #1 January 6, 2010

MUZZLE TESTS!

This office has been informed that the UPRR managers are now testing using a method called a “muzzle test”! In this test a Conductor, Brakeman or Switch foreman is approached by a carrier officer prior to a shoving movement being made.

The officer is supposed to request (according to the FRA) that the Conductor ask the Locomotive Engineer to shove back to a joint…without giving a car count! As I understand it, the officers are not making it sound like a request, but more of a demand (which is a safety violation of GCOR rules which the FRA will cause the railroad to enforce)! If the Engineer complies, he fails the test and the ensuing discipline will be gladly provided!!!

UPRR’s Jim Young empowered us all (by letter) to not do unsafe things or perform unsafe acts. Crews approached in this manner should decline (if asked or told to do this) based on the safety empowerment letter given by the UPRR President/CEO. If you choose to or are forced to comply, make sure the move is done correctly…ENGINEERS, DON’T MOVE UNTIL A CAR COUNT IS GIVEN!

The United Transportation Union is putting something out on this as well, and I will copy this ALERT to them for their use.

We have also heard that on Amtrak and/or commuters, they are playing these types of muzzle tests with the signals the Engineer sees…telling them to let the Conductor (who is back in the train) know that the upcoming signal is “yellow” WHEN IN REALITY IT IS “GREEN”! If the Conductor does not inquire as to the next signal aspect, he fails the test and is disciplined. Engineers, empower yourselves to not play this game. If you choose to or are forced to comply by a carrier officer, make sure the move is done correctly…CONDUCTORS, CONFIRM THE SIGNAL CALLED AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE INFORMED OF THE NEXT SIGNAL AS REQUIRED BY YOUR RULES!

Be professionals out there. Work according to the rules. If it doesn’t sound right, stop and do not proceed until you discover the right course! Be safe out there and watch out for each other!

Fraternally, Tony Dimond, State Chairman

AMTRAK * BNSF * CPRR* CNRR* METRA * UNION PACIFIC

WSLB Communication

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Division LR Brothers,

One of the primary roles of this office is communication of current legislative issues to the Division LR’s. The Division LR’s are then charged with the responsibility of disseminating the information this office provides to the general membership within each of their divisions.

In the past, I have tried to send out mass e-mails to the LR’s and general members where e-mail addresses were available for those members. Because of limitations regarding availability of e-mail addresses, the new website is a far more reliable way to provide readiliy accessible updates to the entire membership. Additionally, many blast-style e-mails are captured in spam filters and junk folders and are therefore never seen by the recipients.

From now on the Division LR report of ”I have not heard any new or updated information from Chairman Dimond’s office” will no longer be acceptable at a Division meeting. The BLET WSLB web site of http://wislb.org/ has been a long time coming and has had many challenges, but is now up and running. It is each LR’s responsibility to check it often for the updates that are posted there regularly, and to take this information on to the general members at the Division meetings.

Any helpful suggestions on needed information or design of the website are always appreciated.

I expect every Division LR to contribute some site specific information from time to time that can be included on our web site. Your active participation in collecting and passing along information relevant to your Division will help to make maximize the website’s usefulness to all members.

Your role as the Division LR will be addressed at the next WSLB Convention, which is the first week of April 2011 (Attendance is required).

As always, I appreciate your input, concerns, suggestions, and constructive comments on how to make communication flow more freely and efficiently to our members. Call any time at 608-415-6020 or 608-448-8175 to share your ideas.

Fraternally yours,

Brother Dimond