Memorial Day 2018

May 25, 2018

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 25 — Over the past 155 years, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has seen too many of our union members go off to war and not come home. We also know that many of our Brothers and Sisters have lost family and…

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Intermodal rail volume reaches near-record in Week 20

May 24, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/24/2018) The growth trend in U.S. freight-rail traffic continued during the week ending May 19, when railroads logged a 3.6 percent increase in carloads and intermodal units compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. carloads for the week rose 1.2 percent to 261,273 units, while intermodal volume climbed 5.9 percent…

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Arbitration board applies pattern health care terms to BMWED, SMART-Mechanical

May 24, 2018

(Source: National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) press release, May 23, 2018) ARLINGTON, Va. — An arbitration board has ruled that the pattern health care terms adopted by the freight railroads and nine of the other unions in national bargaining should apply to the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWE) and the International Association of Sheet…

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Teen who started fire that burned 48,000 acres ordered to pay $36 million

May 22, 2018

(Source: CNN, May 21, 2018) ATLANTA — On Monday, an Oregon judge ordered the boy, who pleaded guilty to starting the Eagle Creek wildfire last year, to pay $36,618,330.24 in restitution to cover the damages. Of that, the Union Pacific Railroad is owed $1,048,877.52 in damages. Full story: CNN Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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BNSF setting volume records in Southwest Washington, system wide

May 22, 2018

(Source: The Columbian, May 21, 2018) COLUMBIA, Wash. — BNSF Railway shipments were at an all-time high during the first quarter of this year, the company reported, surpassing its record set in 2006. BNSF, which is also moving record numbers of trains through Southwest Washington, is adding employees. Full story: The Columbian Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Supreme Court hands win to employers in arbitration cases

May 22, 2018

(Source: National Review, May 21, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court said Monday that employers can prevent employees from joining together to file class-action lawsuits through arbitration clauses in their contracts, dealing a blow to organized labor and upholding the Trump administration’s position on federal employment law. Full story: National Review Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Survey: Many ports need better rail access

May 21, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/21/2018) In a recent survey, U.S. port authorities identified more than $20 billion in multimodal port and rail-access needs over the next decade, with a third of those citing pressing rail projects that cost at least $50 million, according to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). In its “State of Freight III” report,…

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STB: Class I workforce up slightly in mid-April

May 21, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/21/2018) As of mid-April, U.S. Class Is employed 145,959 workers, up 0.59 percent since mid-March, but down 2.11 percent compared with April 2017, according to Surface Transportation Board data. All but one employment category — professional and administrative — reflected slight increases in the workforce on a month-over month basis. Categories that logged increases…

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North American rail operators put profits before customers, claim shippers

May 21, 2018

(Source: The Loadstar, May 18, 2018) TORONTO — North American rail operators have been accused by shipper organizations of putting Wall Street analysts before customers. Shippers are frustrated by poor service and tight capacity and blame the Class One rail companies of scrimping on investment for the sake of higher profits. Full story: The Loadstar Monday,…

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