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.

News and Information Go to our News Page

Update from Grand Lodge...

Due to the unique circumstance of Floyd Mason retiring after just 94 days in office, the Grand Executive Council and General Chairmen of the BRS were assembled for a special election. General Chairman Chris Natale nominated Jerry Boles to the vacated office of President, who won his election unanimously. Michael Baldwin (VP West) and Rob Morris (Gen Sec. Treasurer United General Committee) were nominated for the Secretary Treasurer office which was vacated by Jerry Boles. Michael Baldwin won this election which created a vacant office for VP West. Grand Lodge Representative Cory Claypool was nominated for the VP West position, and won unanimously. Also in attendance from Long Island were James Sokolowski and Michael Sullivan who were nominated by Jerry Boles to serve as special election Sargent at Arms and Teller respectively.

We regret to inform you that the wife of retired BRS Treasurer and Signal Foreman Lenny Jones has passed away.

The wake will be held at the Overton Funeral Home, 172 Main St. Islip NY on January 1 2019. The hours are 2PM until 4:30PM and 7PM until 9PM.

On January 2 the closing prayer will be at 10AM with interment to follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

Vacation News

For those who have vacation errors DUE TO ROSTER SENIORITY MISTAKES, please notify a union rep and identify the mistake with proof of original selection sheet.  You may also email to info@railroadsignalmen.org.

Salute all those men & women from the BRS and everywhere else for whose sacrifices has made this country safe and great. This wonderful day is for remembering your bravery and thanking you for everything!

Click here for a message from the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council.

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.

SAFETY AUDIT ALERT! Be sure to fill out job briefing cards daily and keep them for the required 10 days in case of random field audit.

BRS Local 56 Members Steve Smith and Greg Weyant were serving in Iraq in the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing and lost their brothers in a tragic helicopter accident.

Please click here to help donate to their families on Stephen Siller's Tunnel to Towers fundraiser.

The LIRR has hired a consulting firm called HNTB to oversee our current on track safety procedures.

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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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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

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