About the BLET

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen

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 marked its 150th anniversary in 2013. It was founded in Marshall, Michigan 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.

Mission Statement

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.

Bylaws of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, 2010

BLET Division 607

Division 607 was originally chartered to a Division in the state of Maine in 1903. That charter was surrendered in 1938 when it merged with Division 508.

On May 1, 1943, Division 607 was chartered to Brother Jos. K. Russell at Cleveland, Ohio. It represented engineers on the N.Y., C. & St. L. Railroad (New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, or Nickel Plate Road).