BLET to host S-T training class in September

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 26 — The BLET Education and Training Department will conduct a training class for Secretary-Treasurers from September 13-15, 2016, at the Training Center at BLET National Division headquarters in Independence, Ohio. Registration for the class will be filled by Division Secretary-Treasurers who sign up on a first come, first served basis. Attendance … [Read more…]

This spot in Chicago is the epitome of a more than $100 billion problem facing America

From businessinsider.com   By Andrew Stern  Jul. 21, 2016, 12:56 PM   A freight train more than 10,000 feet long, hauling hundreds of shipping containers, sits idle in residential Chicago. It’s the middle of the afternoon, and the CSX train is just parked there. Waiting. At this stretch of railroad, known as the 75th Street Corridor, that … [Read more…]

Dozens of lawmakers blast Chinese rail car deal

From The Hill Over 50 bipartisan lawmakers are urging federal agencies to investigate a pending Chinese rail car deal that say would threaten national security. In a letter to the Department of the Treasury, House members blasted a pending joint venture with the North Carolina-based rail manufacturing company Vertex Railcar Corporation, and two Chinese corporations, … [Read more…]

Feds weigh minimum train crew sizes

From The Hill  The Federal Railroad Administration is considering a rule that would require most trains to have a minimum number of crew members. During a Friday public hearing on the proposal, union groups, policymakers and stakeholders weighed in on whether most rail operations should be staffed with at least two qualified workers. The regulation, … [Read more…]

UP’s Q2 profit drops 19 percent on lower volumes

From Progressive Railroading Union Pacific Corp. reported today its second-quarter 2016 profit fell to $979 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, compared with $1.2 billion, or $1.38 per diluted share, in second-quarter 2015. Operating revenue declined 12 percent to $4.8 billion, while operating income fell 15 percent to $1.7 billion compared with last year’s Q2 … [Read more…]

BLET testifies for two-person crews at FRA hearing

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 18 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) testified in favor of two-person train crews at a hearing convened by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on July 15, 2016, regarding the FRA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on train crew size. Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman … [Read more…]