waiting for rooms


 I wanted to share something with you that was brought up to me by brother Petty. Previously we would claim 8 hours waiting for a room after waiting 30 minutes. an arbitrator ruled against us. the claim now is after 30 minutes its a minute for minute claim.


example waiting 1 hour 30  minutes at Oak tree you claim an hour, you also must adjust your rest with cms.






Union Meeting Tomorrow July 17 2017 1030am


Please join us for July’s monthly meeting Tuesday July 17 2017 @ 1030 am.

Lunch will be provided following the meeting.




Teamsters Joint Council 42

981 Corporate Center Dr.
Suite 200
Pomona, CA 91762


Congratulations Mike!


 We have lost another great Engineer, Mike Jarel decided to pull the pin today after 40 years of service.

Congratulations Mike!! Enjoy your Retirement

from all your Brothers at BLET Division 5

Complete your FRA


 One again the carrier is doing anything they can to separate you from your money.

If you have a claim spend the extra 5 minutes and complete your FRA properly.  This is a Federal document and must be completed to reflect the work performed.

If you do not timekeeping will use this as an excuse not to pay you.



140 years ago today


 140 years ago today (April 30th 1878) A.D. Neff was granted a Charter from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

B of L E Division 5 in Los Angeles named the “Orange Grove” Division.

In 1878 Los Angeles was not even considered a major city. In 1870 the population of Los Angeles was 15,309 It more than doubled by 1880 because of the railroads

I think its pretty amazing that a brotherhood that was started 13 years after the civil war ended is still around today.

Im proud to be a spoke in the wheel of this almost century and a half old local, and you should be as well.





Some photos of Los Angeles and Harbor area during the time our local was conceived


ca. 1885)#+ – View looking east on 2nd Street from Olive Street showing two cable cars of the Second Street Cable Railway at center. The First Presbyterian Church with its tall spire can be seen in the distance on the S/E corner of 2nd and Broadway.


ca. 1875)^ – View looking south on Main Street from near the Bella Union Hotel showing Temple Block and the Downey Block at the junction of Main Street with Spring and Temple streets (upper-left). Livery stables appear on both sides of Main Street in the foreground. The tracks of the Main Street and Agricultural Park Street Railroad run down the center of the street.


Historical Notes

The Main Street and Agricultural Railroad was the first suburban line in Los Angeles and was chartered in November 1874. The line operated through the city on Main Street to Washington Boulevard and extended to Agricultural Park (now Exposition Park), traveling by way of Washington, Figueroa, and Wesleyan (now University Avenue).*##

Financed by John Downey, Isaias Hellman, William Workman, and others, the Main Street and Agricultural Park Street Railroad connected the city’s business district near Temple Street to Agricultural Park, a haven for gamblers and vice-seekers. The park, outfitted with a racetrack, saloon, and brothel, was rechristened Exposition Park in 1913.*^^*


(1876)#^ – View showing Locomotive No. 1 and passenger cars of the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad on train tracks next to the railroad’s terminal at Fifth Street and San Pedro Street in Los Angeles. The train is full of passengers and is about to leave for Santa Monica.


Historical Notes

Opposition to continued construction east of Los Angeles by Southern Pacific Railroad’s refusal to allow crossing of their main line tracks, and the unexpected depletion and closure of the Panamint silver mine in 1877 (owned by John P. Jones), led to severe fiscal difficulties for the young steam line. On July 4, 1877 the Los Angeles & Independence was acquired by Southern Pacific.


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ca. 1880s)^ – Panoramic view of L.A. in the 1880s. Shown in the foreground is the Second Street Cable Car, located west of downtown in an area called “Crown Hill.” Cable car is stopped in front of W.C. Bowers staple and fancy groceries store. On the left side is a small Real Estate building. In the background several dwellings may be seen scattered over the bare hills.


(1870)* – Main Street view of the Downey Block, located on the N/W corner Temple and Main streets. Horse-drawn wagons are parked in front of storefronts with their prominent signs displayed high above where everyone can see.

Historical Notes

Construction on the Downey Block began in 1869. It was named for John Gately Downey, a pharmacist who served as the governor of California for two years (1860-1862) before becoming a real estate developer. Downey was also one of the founders and first president of Farmers and Merchants National Bank. The city of Downey was named in his honor after he subdivided his land holdings there and converted them into farms.


ca. 1888)*#* – Shipping in San Pedro circa 1888. Port of Los Angeles.


Union Pacific facing dozen lawsuits alleging cancer-causing substances in workplace

Union Pacific facing dozen lawsuits alleging cancer-causing substances in workplace

By Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer

    Feb 15, 2018

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A dozen former Union Pacific workers have filed identical lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Omaha, saying they were exposed to cancer-causing materials in violation of federal law while working the trains, yards, shops and tracks of the Omaha-based freight railroad.

The lawsuits were filed by former employees, or the estates thereof, who worked in six states, including Iowa. The suits allege negligence via failure to use “ordinary care and caution” by not removing dangerous materials from the workplace and failure to monitor and test work sites for health hazards.

The company said Wednesday it is aware of the lawsuits that were filed this week but that it does not comment on active litigation. The former employees worked for Union Pacific for various lengths of time, one starting as far back as 1965 and finishing in 2006. Others started work in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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Union Pacific, the second-largest freight railroad by ton-miles, operates about 32,000 miles of track in the western United States. Its operations include the trains, repair shops and yards where cars are organized into trains and vast miles of track with signaling equipment and other devices. All told, the company has about 43,000 employees in 23 states, including about 8,000 in Nebraska at various locations such as the Omaha headquarters and the vast Bailey Yard in North Platte.

“Railroads and their facilities are notorious for having been contaminated from years of transporting toxic substances and from the use of toxic substances and known carcinogens in the operation of the railroads themselves,” the suits say.

The suits say Union Pacific violated the Federal Employers Liability Act, a 1908 law that was the first aimed at protecting injured railroaders. It works somewhat like workers’ compensation insurance, but to collect, the aggrieved party must prove in court that the railroad in question was legally negligent.

The suits cite exposure to hazardous substances such as “diesel fuel/exhaust, benzene, creosote, manganese and rock/mineral dust and fibers.” The former workers contracted cancers including lymphoma, pancreatic and head and neck, according to the suits.

The suits seek compensation “in excess of $150,000” and related court and legal costs.