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

Upcoming Regular Membership Meetings

  • June 12th
  • September 11th
  • December 11th

Supplemental Vision and Dental Benefits

The BRS Long Island Committee has reached an agreement for supplemental vision and dental benefits through an accredited National Employee Benefits Company (NEBC).

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The Long Island RR contract offer has been ratified by the BRS.

The MTA will make it official at the July board meeting. More information will follow for dates of retroactive wages plus the ongoing historical edits from the Kronos hack debacle.

Al Yusupov Update

Al is doing ok and in good spirits.

A GoFundMe has been set up—if you are interested in supporting him: https://gofund.me/a0710577.

Even a small donation could help Al reach his fundraising goal. And if you can't make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

Rail Labor Unions Applaud Senate Confirmation of FRA Administrator Amit Bose

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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.

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

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Update

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New Agreement Books 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.