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.

LIRR Is Rolling the Dice With Essential Heroes and Customer Safety

LIRR trains delayed, canceled by installation of new signal system

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Sal Borusso Viewing Arrangements

Moloney's Lake Funeral Home and Cremation Center
Friday 1/21, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 1/21, 7 p.m. -9 p.m.
Saturday 1/22, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

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Rail Labor Unions Applaud Senate Confirmation of FRA Administrator Amit Bose

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Next Regular Membership Meeting

March 23, 2022 at 5:30pm at the Babylon Hibernian Hall located at 27 Locust Ave.

Brothers and Sisters,

The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Grand Executive Council is seeking a pool of qualified applicants for the purpose of appointing future Grand Lodge Representative(s) to Grand Lodge Headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia.

The BRS President will assign duties and these duties may vary. To be a successful candidate, union activism is a fundamental qualification; we are also seeking individuals with computer skills, preferably with experience using Microsoft Office suite. Additional qualities include being detail oriented and having strong written, communication, and organizational skills.

Currently, the role of this position is primarily involved in the preparation of submissions for grievance resolution and other labor/employee related functions.

More information is available at www.brs.org for interested candidates; to apply, they should email their resumé to msb@brs.org.

Union Night

Come join us for a Union Night at the new UBS Arena on March 24, 2022, to see the Islanders take on the Ottawa Senators.

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Deadline is December 28, 2021

Come out to Kingston’s for a good cause before they close for the season!

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Our Friend and Brother "Ricky" Knight

It is with deep sadness and regret to inform you of the passing of Rick. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Funeral services will be held privately. Condolences and correspondences may be sent to:
Shirley Wood
204 Martins Court
Villa Rica, GA 30180

General Membership Meeting September 29th

The meeting will be held at the Babylon Hibernian Hall on 27 Locust Ave, located one block north of Babylon Station.

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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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.

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.

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 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

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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