Lunenburg, Massachusetts
    DIVISION 191 
  Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

DIVISION 191

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“The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen exists to promote and protect the rights, interests, and safety of its members through solidarity, aggressive representation, and education.”

 

Brother Dale Jenkins

Brothers,

With a heavy heart I report that Brother Dale Jenkins, a member of BLET Division 191 in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, succumbed to his injuries around May 19, 2021, he was 61. According to media reports, Brother Jenkins had suffered injuries from being pinned between two rail cars in Newington, New Hampshire.  He was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where he passed around 10:00 pm.  

The National Transportation Safety Board announced it has sent three investigators to look into the incident.  Employed by Pan Am Railways, Brother Jenkins hired out as a trackman with the Boston & Maine on January 5, 1979, and earned promotion to trainman on September 14, 1984.  He joined the Brotherhood on December 1, 1990.

A Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen member killed in the line-of-duty breaks the hearts of many of us -- family, friends and co-workers. The death of a fellow member spurs the minds and souls of every BLET member to help prevent another Brother or Sister from a needless death on the rails.

The BLET members lost are constant reminders and tragic realities that our union's work may never be finished. Nevertheless, if we do not continually fight to gain rail safety improvements for employees and the public, then these brave individuals will have sacrificed their lives without the full and proper respect that is their due.

We, the 55,000 members, officers and employees of the BLET, hereby salute and forever memorialize these members who gave their lives while faithfully performing their duties on the job. By their deaths and our sincere desire to understand and eliminate the causes, we pray that we may keep other loved ones from being added to this memorial.

The BLET vows never to forget — the BLET vows never to give up the fight.

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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). The BLET is the senior national labor organization in the United States and also North America's oldest rail labor union. The BLET is marking its 150th anniversary in 2013 and was founded in Marshall, Mich. on May 8, 1863, as the Brotherhood of the Footboard; a year later, its name was changed to The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The BLE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and became the BLET on January 1, 2004.