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Local 56 represents Communications and Signal employees working for the Long Island Rail Road.

Local 56 has been resolute in the establishment and protection of the rights and working conditions of it's represented employees, and will continue to be so in an uncertain and ever changing environment.

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Rest In Peace Eli­ezer Riquelme

We regret to inform you that one of our brothers passed away a few days ago. Eli­ezer Riquelme, known as "Rico" to his fr­iends, was in a fatal car accident near his home in Newburgh. We barely got to know him as he was a new hire about a mon­th ago. Click here for calling hours.

Update from recent meeting with the Carrier:

Our employee passes cannot be made to work on the Subway system so they EXPECT to issue employee MetroCards in EIGHT weeks. They look like a MetroCard on one side and and depict LIRR on the reverse. Also, they will be programmed so that you cannot swipe and then give to the person behind you for an extra free fare.

Local Chairman Bill Saar reports that the carrier is aware that we have not received safety shoes allowance and it will be in the July 27 pay day.

Contract officially ratified!

Ballots counted and Contract officially ratified. New rate of pay goes into effect once the MTA board approves the deal at their quarterly meeting. That should put it around the August 10th pay-week. Retro checks will be calculated from Dec 16, 2016 up to the date of the new rate taking effect and will be issued on 9/28.

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Communications and Signal Systems, Then and Now VIdeo
Communications and Signal Systems, Then and Now
BRS Local 56 - video of getting the Long Beach branch back up and running
A look back on getting the Long Beach branch back up and running