James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund 2016 Score: Comment Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2016 @ 12:50:46 EDT in News
by SWhitman

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for the annual Essay Contest.  Winners of the Essay Contest will receive a one-time grant of $1,000.  Winners will be chosen from each of the five regions of the union (Eastern, Southern, Central, Western and Canada). 

  • To qualify, you must be the son, daughter or financial dependent of an eligible Teamster member, hereafter also referred to as “Teamster Member Relation”;
  • be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate college, university or community college program, or a technical or vocational program;
  • be 23 years old or younger by June 15, 2016.

A supply of printed copies of the Essay Contest application with the Essay Contest poster has already been shipped to each local union.  We have also attached the files as PDFs to this memorandum for your convenience.

The topic of this year’s Essay Contest is: “What Has Living In A Teamster Household Meant To Me And My Siblings?”.

All entries must be received the Scholarship Office by no later than June 15, 2016.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving essay contest applications.





BLET Division 28/ Guadalupe Auxiliary 28 Scholarship Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 @ 17:37:04 EDT in News
by SWhitman

ELIGIBILITY: Applicant must be a child, stepchild, or grandchild of a BLET Division 28 member (living or

deceased) with at least two years’ membership. Children, stepchildren, and grandchildren of retired BLET

Division 28 members (living or deceased) are also eligible to apply IF one parent or grandparent is a full

member (not an associate member) of the Guadalupe Auxiliary for at least one year. (Exception: Children,

stepchildren, and grandchildren of single BLET Division 28 members with at least two years of membership are

also eligible to apply.) All applicants must have already been accepted by an accredited school for admission

at the time of application for this financial assistance.


Scholarship award will be based on extracurricular activities, volunteerism, and contributions to community.

Applicants are asked to submit an essay on the topic: Commitment to job, family, and safety is of utmost

importance to all railroad operating crew members. How will you show your dedication and

commitment to your college education? (see further details below). Financial need will not be a

consideration. The scholarship funds will be issued in the form of a check made payable to the applicant and to

the school. The funds may be applied to tuition, books, supplies, housing, bus passes, etc.



In order to be considered, this completed application must be mailed to the Secretary/Treasurer of the

Guadalupe Auxiliary with a postmark no later than Thursday, June 30, 2016.


Application : http://www.blet28.org/files/SA2016.pdf




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Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 20:01:23 EDT in News
by SWhitman


BLET/SMART–TD statement on Positive Train Control, crew size following fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia


(The following is a joint statement by Dennis R. Pierce, National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and John Previsich, President, SMART Transportation Division, regarding questions that have arisen since the fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015.)

CLEVELAND, May 19 — Members of BLET’s Safety Task Force and SMART Transportation Division’s National Safety Team, in addition to representatives from the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the Teamsters Rail Conference (BMWED), are working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to assist in the investigation of the catastrophic May 12 derailment of Amtrak Train 188.

Significant progress has been made in understanding how the accident occurred on May 12. That portion of the investigation is not yet complete, however, and even more work needs to be done to determine why the events of that tragic night transpired the way they did.

BLET and SMART–TD do not make official comments about any ongoing NTSB investigation. Due to the number of press inquiries concerning issues not under investigation, however, we are providing the following information on why Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor are manned by a lone engineer in the control cab and why Positive Train Control (PTC) has not been installed on the Corridor. The answers to both questions begin with the United States Congress.

Why a One-Person Train Crew?

In 1981, Congress passed legislation (the Northeast Rail Service Act of 1981) that ended the previous Conrail requirement that there be a second crew member in the control cab of commuter rail trains on the Northeast Corridor. Armed with that legislative precedent — and mindful of where its funding originates — Amtrak has since 1983 refused to crew Northeast Corridor trains with more than one employee in the cab – the locomotive engineer. Although BLET and SMART–TD have steadfastly maintained that there should be two crew members in the cab of all trains to ensure public safety, only Congress can change the 1981 legislation that reduced crew size on the Northeast Corridor. But this is only one piece of a very large, complex puzzle.

Why No Positive Train Control?

On the heels of another catastrophic railroad accident in Chatsworth, CA, the federal government mandated in 2008 that Positive Train Control (PTC) be put in effect by the end of this year. That was seven years ago. Even with that mandate in place, and with the exception of some railroads such as BNSF Railway, the industry at large has spent the interim finding reasons to avoid implementing PTC technology. They have created the situation about which they all now complain — they say they cannot meet the December 31, 2015 deadline. Each death caused by the delay of PTC implementation is one too many, yet Congress is preparing to consider a blanket 5-year extension to 2020. This is most certainly not in the public interest.

Since 2005, the NTSB has completed 16 investigations of railroad accidents that could have been prevented or mitigated with PTC. These 16 accidents claimed 52 lives — many being BLET and SMART–TD members — and injured 942 people, with damages totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. NTSB has publicly stated that the accident on May 12, 2015 was also PTC preventable. There is no disagreement over the value of PTC technology.

That said, there is no technology available today that can ever safely replace a second crew member in the cab of the locomotive. The only thing on a locomotive that is not a machine is the crew. The uncontrolled external environment in which trains are operated along with regulatory and operational demands of a safe transportation service demand a crew of at least two fully trained and qualified employees in the control cab of every train. PTC is only a safety overlay that ensures a safer operation, and no technology can replace the level of safety provided when two crew members are on board and can serve as a check and balance to one another.

Even with all the safety-related technology that the government has mandated on commercial airlines, the public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit. There is no reason that rail employees and rail passengers’ lives should be viewed any differently.

Contrary to what some in government may say, the only place that crew size and PTC do connect is when it comes to funding. That is especially true in the case of Amtrak, because the government has woefully underfunded Amtrak since its inception. Additional crew members and new technology both cost money, and so long as those in Congress see fit to underfund the operation, they undermine their own mandate and shortchange the safety of the traveling public.



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Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2009 @ 10:50:46 EDT in News
by SWhitman

Brothers and Sisters,
I cannot stress how important it is for each and every one of you to grant your Local Chairman access to your timekeeping information.
Currently these are the screens in UP’s CMTS System I cannot access without you ensuring permission box checked:
1)     Pay History Screen
2)     Time slip Inquiry Screen
3)     Employee Statistics-this includes information about Vacation and PL day qualifications and trip counts.
4)     Guarantee Screen
 Obviously I need to have these screens in order to do research for our members.
This is all information I had access to yesterday but not today. In fact your Local Chairman has had and used this information to serve you for many years.
In Solidarity,
Ron Sprague
Local Chairman
BLET Division 28
877 S. Alvernon Way Ste.100
Tucson, AZ 85711
Office 520-401-2748
Fax 520-323-0711
Cell 520-401-2748

Brothers and Sisters,

Please see this post for updated info and how to set up access.





Vacation Trades Score: Comment Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

Posted on Saturday, December 02, 2006 @ 09:19:40 EST in News
by SWhitman

For those interested in vacation trades there is a topic started in the trades forum under the members section of the forums. Post a reply to it with your info if interested once vacations are assigned.



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Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 @ 20:26:49 EDT in Information
by SWhitman

                         Welcome to the new site for BLET Division 28. Excuse the dust while we are under construction.  When you create an account please use your first initial and last name.  Once you have created an account you should recieve an email to verify your email address and a link to click to return here. Once that is completed we request that you log in and click on the Your Account link to the left to set up the remainder of your info. One of your first posts should be for access to the private forums if your a BLET 28 member once membership is confirmed you'll have access to those forums. If you should have problems creating an account send an email to admin@blet28.org

Thanks! And enjoy the site.