Monday, October 26, 2009

BLET to review attorney-referral program

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The Advisory Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen announced Oct. 23 that it will review its practices for referring legal counsel to injured union members.

BLET's announcement came several days after the arrest of its president, Edward W. Rodzwicz, on a federal complaint charging him with bribery in connection with attorney referral.

“BLET members rightfully deserve and expect that their elected officers, and those DLC attorneys who represent them in FELA matters, will at all times act with fidelity and in the best interests of the union and its members, and in strict compliance with all laws,” Acting President Paul T. Sorrow said. “Nothing less will be tolerated by our union and hardworking members.”

Injured railroad employees are not covered by workers compensation laws. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) grants exclusive jurisdiction to federal courts for injury claims brought against rail carriers.