We are Division 599 of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. We are a 501(c)(5) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights, interests, and safety of locomotive engineers and trainmen working on the Kansas City Southern Railways through solidarity, aggressive representation, and education. We received our charter from our parent organization, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen in 1903. We are located in Shreveport Louisiana but have members in Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas.
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is the country's oldest rail labor organization. The organization was first formed as the Brotherhood of the Footboard in 1863, but changed its name to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) in 1864. It wasn't until a merger with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) that the organization adopted its current name in 2004.