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STB sets new class exemption for emergency temporary trackage rights

(Source: Progressive Railroading 12/01/2021) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) yesterday announced that it has adopted a final rule establishing a new class ...
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Hoffa: Don’t blame workers for delivery delays this season

(Source: Statement by International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa, published in the Detroit News on December 1, 2021)WASHINGTON, ...
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New study says railroads could save $94 billion in two decades by converting to batteries

(Source: American Journal of Transportation, November 30, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — If U.S. Class I railroads convert from diesel locomotives to ...
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STB grants Amtrak access to CSX yard in Mobile, Ala.

(Source: Trains Magazine, November 30, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Score one small win for Amtrak in its ongoing effort to restore ...
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U.S. intermodal drop-off spans 15 consecutive weeks

(Source: Railway Age, November 24, 2021)NEW YORK — For the week ending Nov. 20, 2021, U.S. Class I railroads hauled ...
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Medicare Part B Premiums for 2022

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, November 19, 2021)CHICAGO — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced ...
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UP launches employee-led environmental group

Planet Tracks is the first business resource group dedicated to sustainability at a Class I, according to UP Chairman, President ...
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STB accepts CP-KCS merger application as ‘complete’

(Source: Progressive Railroading 11/24/2021) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has accepted for consideration the application filed Oct. 29 for the proposed merger ...
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Court consolidates lawsuits related to Class I vaccine mandates

(Source: Progressive Railroading 11/23/2021) Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois consolidated multiple lawsuits that ...
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CP-KCS merger application with STB is “incomplete,” UP says

(Source: Progressive Railroading, November 22, 2021)The Surface Transportation Board (STB) should reject as “incomplete” the application for Canadian Pacific to ...
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FRA’s Bose tells short lines to make case on crew size

(Source: Trains Magazine, November 19, 2021)PHOENIX, Ariz. — Amit Bost, the Federal Railroad Administration’s Deputy Administrator, covered a great deal ...
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Train crew shortage spreads to short lines

(Source: Trains Magazine, November 23, 2021)NEW YORK — Train crew shortages that have affected service on Class I railroads this ...
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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - UP Western Region GCA represents locomotive engineers working in the Western Region of the Union Pacific Railroad, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and portions of Nevada. We also represent members on the Portland & Western Railroad as well as the Portland Terminal Railroad.

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