We are Local 56!

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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RIP Jim Dobbins

The BRS wishes peace and strength to the entire extended friends and family of Jimmy Dobbins. Our hearts are aching but we are all privileged to have known him.

Louis P. McCarthy

The BRS regrets to inform you of the passing of Brother Andrew McCarthys father, Louis P. McCarthy.

Quarantine Leave Discrepancies

All those who feel they have errors regarding Administrative Leave being documented as sick leave and had days removed from your bank need to send documentation to info@railroadsignalmen.org. The more info, the better. Cite all dates, times, reference numbers, administrators involved in not allowing you to come to work, and when and why.

Important Message To All Local 56 Members for Monday July 27th, 2020


We Will Be Included in the Essential Worker - Voluntary Antibody Testing Program

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This Workers Memorial Day We Remember All Front Line Workers

On this Workers Memorial Day, we remember all front line workers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the pandemic.
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Jesse Power’s house fire fundraiser

Please click here to show your support.

Double time Holiday Rule

This has come up a lot lately. Only a few members have asked for hard bound copies or PDF of the 2018 contract. Please note that the double time issue with a holiday should be clear to the company. You cannot be penalized. If you have been improperly paid, please send grievances!

Double time Holiday Rule.  Please read.

Come out to support the members of TWU in their contract fight against the MTA.

The MTA Headquarters building is located at 2 Broadway, near Bowling Green Station.  Read the flyer for details.

New Agreement Books Now Available

New agreement books with all modifications and current wages are now available in hard copy and electronic format. Download here or request bound booklet from a union officer.

Check back for updates for more info on the labor rally. We are all in this together.

Eileen Howell and her son Thomas are raising awareness for suicide prevention.

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Brian Aarne, James Carone, James Ridley, and Mike Sullivan.

Update from Grand Lodge.

General Chairman Mike Owens from Chicago Metra has retired after an impressive and long career of service to the BRS. With his position on the Grand Board of Trustees now vacated, General Chairman Chris Natale was nominated and unanimously elected to serve on the board. Present from Local 56 for the election were Brian Aarne, James Carone, James Ridley, and Mike Sullivan.

Vice General Chairman Michael Sullivan has been appointed to serve on the BRS TRAINING COMMITTEE. The position was also vacant as a result of Mike Owens' retirement. The objective is to use every outlet to promote unionism and educate new officers.

Mike Sullivan was also appointed to serve as New York Political Director to assist Grand Lodge Legislative Representative, Mike Efaw.

Article I Referendum Info

August 6th

Read This NTSB Scathing Report

Click here to read the NTSB scathing report concerning unacceptable slow reaction regarding implementation and training on PTC and its effect on public and employee safety.

Please support BRS brother Julio Fuentes for a special fundraiser in memory of Daniel Fuentes.

Please visit www.spcdanielafuentes.com

Please note these email addresses: BrsComm@lirr.org & BrsSignal@lirr.org

These user names were created by the company in an effort to help simplify submitting bids. Perhaps they should have been named differently but please note that your UNION DOES NOT MONITOR OR RECEIVE ANY EMAILS sent here.

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View Photos of Steve Smith and Greg Weyant who are deployed in Iraq.
andy macdonalds retirement-party
View Photos of Andy Macdonalds Retirement Party

Latest Videos Go to our Videos Page

General Natale addresses MTA IG baseless attacks on front line workers.
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