Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen local 56

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     Welcome to the Local 56 website. Established in 1918, B.R.S. 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.

To learn more about the the history of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen click here.

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Next  Regular Meeting:
Date: December 2, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Hibernian Hall, Babylon

Confidential Close Call Reporting System
The Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) is a partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in conjunction with participating railroad carriers and labor organizations. The program is designed to improve railroad safety by collecting and analyzing reports which describe unsafe conditions and events in the railroad industry. Employees will be able to report safety issues or “close calls” voluntarily and confidentially. For more information click on the link provided below.

Link to NASA Confidential Close Call Reporting System

Click here for link to BRS Local 56 group on Facebook





Online forms are now available at the Local 56 website
It is now possible to fill out & print out Sick, Personal and Bereavement forms via our website, just visit the "Useful Information" page or click on the link below.

Click here to read letter from the Chief Engineer regarding daily work assignments and expectations.

Signal Department Notices

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For LIRR al-Qaida Security Alert information Click here.


Click here to visit our "Safety" page



If interested to learn more about the PEB process and where we are at click here.

Have you ever wondered where the work rules we enjoy today came from? Obviously they didn't come about via the benevolence of the carrier, they had to be fought for and earned. Click on the link below to learn more.

Click here for a brief history of the Section 6 & the L.I.R.R.



Click here for more political cartoons.


For a look back at what needed to take place to get the Long Beach branch back up and running, click on the link below. Well done to our union brothers!

Click here for Rebuilding Long Beach video link

Click here for video, "Communications and Signal Systems, Then and Now".

The Power of Nature- Video of a washout in progress- Takes place in northern Ontario, near Folyet. *Warning,some explicit language. Turn off sound if necessary*



Show your solidarity amongst your fellow Communications and Signal brothers by wearing anything BRS on Fridays.

We want your input. If you have any comments or concerns regarding the local please send them to us by typing into the box below. All entries will be kept confidential:

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In an effort to improve communication, increase participation and reduce operating expenses Local 56 is in the process of compiling an email database.
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Know Your Rights!
If any carrier representative attempts to ask you questions that you feel could possibly lead to discipline, you may refuse to answer till you have a union representative present that has had the opportunity to discuss matters with you first.
Know your rights! 
The carrier is under no obligation to tell you that you may have a representative present, you must request one. Also, once you have made your request they are not allowed to continue the questioning or try to talk you out of your representation.
Remember, we're in this together.

East Side Acces Project, click on photo for more picutures.

News & Events

Some retirees being re-certified for disability benefits have been dropped from health benefit coverage. To learn more click hear or visit News page.

Click here for Local 56 meeting schedule.

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Attend local lodge meetings, the more you participate, the stronger we will be.

L.I.R.R. Flu Vaccine Program Details