Message from your GC


The BLET National has been in touch with the FRA Administrator in Washington, D.C. about a waiver to the current Federal HOS law.  The UP is requesting the HOS go from 12 hours to 16 hours.  The National thinks at this point the waiver will be granted.  
We have been in unsuccessful negotiations with the UP over the flood issues.  They were wanting us to agree to a guarantee on the pools that in our opinion had too many conditions.  We believe that, especially with the possibility they receive this waiver, that our Members would not draw a dime of guarantee.  The incentives that they offered were tied to an unattainable attendance requirement of no lay off for 30 days. 
We will try to keep you guys updated as this develops.