March Regular Meeting

As you all are aware or are becoming aware we will be having a special meeting with the GCA this month in Idaho due to Washington state COVID-19 restriction not being lifted and our inability to meet in person; the regular meeting for the month of march is canceled.

We will send out some emails shortly with the standard monthly news and division happenings, but for this month we can all focus on attending the meeting we have been waiting for over 5 years to have.

As always anyone with questions feel free to call me! Please stay tuned for emails and information please take the time to review our BLET bylaws on meetings and procedures everyone will get to talk.

Please review the Robert’s Rules that are on the website and let’s hear what they have to say.

Tentatively the Special Meeting is scheduled for March 24, 2021 at 11:00 am at Red Lion Templins at 414 E. First Ave., Post Falls.

Please anticipate regular division meetings in April.

Fraternally,

AJ Rupe
Division President

Vacation Bid Openings for Week of 03-15

WEEKS OPEN FOR BID, DUE ON 03/10/21 12:00 NOON

03/08/21 – 08 Week(s) Open
03/15/21 – 08 Week(s) Open
03/22/21 – 06 Week(s) Open
04/05/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
04/12/21 – 10 Week(s) Open
04/19/21 – 09 Week(s) Open
04/26/21 – 10 Week(s) Open
05/03/21 – 03 Week(s) Open
05/17/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
06/07/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
08/09/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
08/16/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
09/06/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
09/20/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
09/27/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
10/11/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
10/18/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
11/01/21 – 04 Week(s) Open
11/08/21 – 05 Week(s) Open
11/15/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
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Vacation Bid Openings for Week of 03-08

WEEKS OPEN FOR BID, DUE ON 03/03/21 12:00 NOON

03/01/21 – 07 Week(s) Open
03/08/21 – 08 Week(s) Open
03/15/21 – 08 Week(s) Open
03/22/21 – 07 Week(s) Open
04/05/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
04/12/21 – 10 Week(s) Open
04/19/21 – 09 Week(s) Open
04/26/21 – 10 Week(s) Open
05/03/21 – 03 Week(s) Open
05/10/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
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06/07/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
06/28/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
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08/30/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
09/27/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
10/04/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
10/18/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
11/01/21 – 04 Week(s) Open
11/08/21 – 04 Week(s) Open
12/06/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
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Crew Sizing

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Feb. 23, 2021) — Two of the country’s largest freight railroad unions achieved a favorable decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday regarding an attempt by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to preempt legislation passed by a number of states that established a minimum of two-person operating crews on freight trains.

The case, brought by the states of California, Washington and Nevada and by the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers — Transportation Division (SMART-TD) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), challenged former FRA Administrator Ron Batory’s attempt to cancel the laws of those and other states while at the same time attempting to authorize nationwide one-person crews. The unions and states argued that Batory’s May 2019 order violated the comment-and-notice procedures of Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and that his agency could not implicitly preempt the state safety rules.

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Vacation Bid Openings for Week of 03-01

WEEKS OPEN FOR BID, DUE ON 02/24/21 12:00 NOON

02/22/21 – 08 Week(s) Open
03/01/21 – 07 Week(s) Open
03/08/21 – 07 Week(s) Open
03/15/21 – 07 Week(s) Open
03/22/21 – 08 Week(s) Open
04/05/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
04/12/21 – 10 Week(s) Open
04/19/21 – 09 Week(s) Open
04/26/21 – 10 Week(s) Open
05/03/21 – 03 Week(s) Open
05/10/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
06/28/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
08/09/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
09/20/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
09/27/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
10/04/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
10/11/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
10/18/21 – 01 Week(s) Open
11/01/21 – 03 Week(s) Open
11/08/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
11/15/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
11/29/21 – 02 Week(s) Open
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