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BLET Urges Rail Industry To Address Coronavirus Pandemic


The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is urging the railroad industry to take steps to protect BLET members, their co-workers and the general public from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce voiced the union’s concerns in a March 5 letter to Brendan Branon, Chairman of the National Railway Labor Conference, Chuck Baker, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, and Paul Skoutelas, President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association.

“While significant steps are already being taken — for example, by airlines cancelling flights to areas of high infestation and by multi-national employers who are restricting employee travel to such areas — the railroad industry has yet, to our knowledge, to announce any protective measures,” President Pierce wrote. “The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen urges all railroads to take two immediate steps that will serve to protect our membership, and the co-workers and the public with whom they have contact.”

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