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The legislation would provide added protections to our members while hy-railing through road crossings, most notably providing on-track equipment the same authority provided to trains by mandating motorists yield the right of way at all road crossings.

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, includes significant victories for rail. Among the most notable are:

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The REEF Act (Railroad Employee Equity Fairness Act) is a bill currently up for vote in the U.S. Senate. It deals specifically with eliminating the sequester of Railroad Unemployment Insurance (RUI) and Sick Benefits.

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Joint Labor Unions Express Support Behind National Mediation Board (NMB) Appointments

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The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa on President Biden’s decision to fire National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel Peter Robb after the Trump ally refused to resign.

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Included in the Congressional COVID-19 Relief Agreement recently finalized is a suspension of the sequestration of RRB Unemployment and Sick Benefits. Railroaders currently out of work will receive payments in full until the Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 is lifted.

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Entering the next four-year presidential term, the BMWED – and all Organized Labor – will have a new, encouraging and presumably constructive presidential administration thanks to the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden.

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In recent weeks BMWED members joined other rail union members and allies in persuading Senators Portman (R) and Klobuchar (D) to fix our unfairly reduced unemployment benefits. Portman and Klobuchar just co-authored U.S. Senate Bill 4860 – they need other Senators to co-sponsor the bill to ensure its passage this year.


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