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Now available: Applications for 2016 Hoffa scholarships

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for scholarship awards. The deadline for receipt of completed materials is March 31, 2016.

Rail hazmat training available in early 2016

The Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program is hosting three training sessions in early 2016. The dates are as follows: February 7-12; March 6-11; and April 24-29.
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Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance benefits under BLET National Agreement

Active and retired railroad employees covered under The Railroad Employees, National Health and Welfare Plan may be eligible for Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) benefits from MetLife.

Federal judge sides with KCS on inward-facing cameras

CLEVELAND, July 29 - In an Opinion released on July 25, the United States District Court in Shreveport, La. ruled that the decision by Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR) to install two inward-facing cameras in the cabs of its locomotives presents a "minor" dispute under the Railway Labor Act, paving the way for the railroad to install the cameras immediately.
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Railroad Retirement benefits for spouses

In addition to the retirement annuities payable to employees, the Railroad Retirement Act, like the Social Security Act, also provides annuities for the spouses of retired employees. Payment of a spouse annuity is made directly to the wife or husband of the employee. Divorced spouses may also qualify for benefits.
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New Railroad Information Depot website opening in mid-March

many BLET members will be able to enjoy one-stop shopping when it comes to finding information about their health and welfare benefits online. The newly redesigned Railroad Information Depot is expected to open in the next 30 days (Mid March). It will provide all railroad employees with a central point of access to most all of their benefit providers, for the majority of H&W benefits that are provided for under that National agreement.
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Health care mobile phone apps now available for rail workers

CLEVELAND, March 13 - If you are an employee covered under the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan or the National Railway Carriers and United Transportation Union Health and Welfare Plan ("National Railroad Plans"), your health information is now always accessible with mobile solutions.

Smart phone apps are now available for iPhone, Blackberry and Droid platforms. You can download these apps just like any other application for your device.
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Advisory Board revises FELA counsel program

CLEVELAND, March 7 - The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen's Advisory Board has adopted revisions to the Union's program that provides assistance to BLET members injured on the job, who may be entitled to damages pursuant to the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA).
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Whistle Blower Protection

The link below will take you to the U.S. department of Labor web site.
This page is specific to Railroad employees.
Whistle Blower info

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