UP-WRGCA Delegates to the BLET  4th National Convention in Las Vegas
UP-WRGCA Delegates to the BLET 4th National Convention in Las Vegas

Introduction to precision railroading, part 3: where do we go from here?

November 6, 2018

(Source: freightwaves.com 11/05/18) November 05, 2018 Brian Bowers, contributor PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them” —Albert Einstein Last week we began exploration of the definition of precision railroading and how the industry is attempting to apply it. It is encouraging to see longstanding practices and processes…

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Union Pacific just broke revenue records, so why is it laying off workers?

November 6, 2018

(Source: Casper Star Tribune, November 5, 2018) CASPER, Wyo. — Loads of grain trundled down toward Mexico as summer ended, and strong crude prices drove up the number of rail cars hauling petroleum or liquefied gas by 40 percent. But Union Pacific ended a record third quarter with an announcement that nearly 700 jobs would be…

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NTSB issues preliminary report in rear-end collision between UP freight trains in Granite Canyon, Wyo.

November 6, 2018

(Source: National Transportation Safety Board press release, November 5, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — On October 4, 2018, at 7:38 p.m. mountain daylight time, an eastbound Union Pacific (UP) freight train MGRCY04 (striking train) collided with the rear of a stationary UP freight train MPCNP03 (stationary train) in Granite Canyon, Wyoming. Prior to the accident, the crew of…

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Introduction to precision railroading, Part 2: Parsing the developments in recent earnings

October 29, 2018

(Source: freightwaves.com 10/29/2018) October 29, 2018 Brian Bowers, contributor Photo: Shutterstock This article by FreightWaves advisor and intermodal consultant Brian Bowers is the second of three reviewing the controversial subject of precision railroading, an operational system and a management philosophy that in the railroad business today is leading to one question: which side are you…

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UP touts Q3 financial performance, Unified Plan 2020 progress

October 25, 2018

(source: Progressive Railroading 10/25/2018) By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor Today, Union Pacific Railroad announced its third-quarter diluted earnings per share reached $2.15, representing a 43 percent year-over-year increase and an all-time quarterly record. In addition to sharing that encouraging financial result — as well as a few disappointing ones — during an earnings conference this morning, UP senior…

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UP laying off 475, cutting 200 contract jobs

October 25, 2018

(Source: Associated Press, October 24, 2018) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will lay off 475 railroad workers and eliminate another 200 contract jobs by the end of the year to further reduce its expenses.Full story: www.ktiv.com

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Get out and vote!

October 23, 2018
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Oregon eyes $1 billion plan to add passenger trains between Portland and Eugene

October 23, 2018

(Source: The Oregonian, October 19, 2018) PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon wants to dramatically increase the number of passenger trains running between Portland and Eugene during the next 17 years, a proposal that could cost upwards of $1 billion to implement but officials say would give commuters a more reliable and convenient option other than driving.Full story: www.oregonlive.com…

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Herrera Beutler introduces bill to reinstate ECP brake rule for oil trains

October 23, 2018

(Source: The Columbian, October 22, 2018) VANCOUVER, Wash. — Making good on an earlier pledge, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, introduced legislation to reinstate safety regulations for oil trains. The Obama-era rules were rolled back by the Trump administration in September. The 2015 regulations require railroads to ensure trains with either crude oil or flammable…

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Introduction to precision railroading, part 1: the industry’s savior or villain. Take your choice.

October 22, 2018

(Source: freightwaves.com 10/22/2018) October 22, 2018 Brian Bowers, contributor Photo: Shutterstock This article by FreightWaves advisor and intermodal consultant Brian Bowers is the first of three reviewing the controversial subject of precision railroading, an operational system and a management philosophy that in the railroad business today is leading to one question: which side are you…

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U.S. rail traffic growth continued in Week 41

October 19, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/18/2018) U.S. railroads logged a 1.7 percent increase in carload and intermodal traffic for the week ending Oct. 13 compared with traffic a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). U.S. carload traffic rose 0.4 percent to 263,787 carloads for the week, while intermodal volume increased 3 percent to…

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Las Vegas Railway Express changes name to United Rail

October 19, 2018

The company aims to operate a passenger-rail excursion line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Photo – vegasxtrain.com (Source: Progressive Railroading 10/19/2018) Las Vegas Railway Express Inc. announced yesterday it is changing its name to United Rail Inc. The Las Vegas company — owner of the X Train brand and brand licensor — acquired United…

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AAR reports rail traffic for week ending October 6, 2018

October 12, 2018

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, October 10, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 6, 2018.For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 554,238 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.2 percent compared with the same week last year.Total carloads for the…

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Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) Addresses Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen At 4th National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada

October 10, 2018
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Amtrak layoffs, service cuts would dismantle rail system, protesting workers say

October 10, 2018

(Source: www.amny.com, October 9, 2018) NEW YORK — Amtrak workers rallied outside of Penn Station against what they fear will be a systematic dismantling of service quality and loss of thousands of middle-class jobs at the railroad. Amtrak president and CEO Richard Anderson is planning roughly 1,700 layoffs for the railroad’s onboard service workers, according to…

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AAR: U.S. intermodal traffic set record in September

October 8, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/05/2018) U.S. rail traffic grew 4.4 percent to 2,194,211 carloads and intermodal units in September compared with the same month a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Railroads reported 1,066,826 carloads last month, up 2.6 percent, and 1,127,385 containers and trailers, up 6.2 percent, compared with traffic logged in…

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Food for your mood: Eat your way to happy

Do not let the title of this article fool you.  I do not mean eating your way through the menu at McDonald’s or polishing off an entire pumpkin pie at an upcoming holiday dinner (but if wishing made it so). I’m talking about foods that help boost your mood.

How to make the most of your health plan coverage

Health care and health insurance is confusing and constantly changing.  It seems cliche to say that, but it’s true.  Which is exactly why you need to understand your health plan in order to maximize the benefits.  We’ve got some tips on how to do just that.

Myths about mental health issues

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only 17 percent of adults in the U.S. are in “optimal mental health.”  In fact, it is estimated that one in five people deal with some kind of mental health issue—anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc—that impacts our daily life.

The addiction of likes

No one can argue that social media—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc—has changed the way we interact.  And now enter the iGen (short for iGeneration), the post-millennials who will be born never knowing a world without an iPhone or Facebook.  (Note: I still remember my first phone, affectionately called ‘The Brick’ which I carried to and from my car like a purse.)

Nutrition label

What does a box of cereal, a bag of pretzels and a jar of salsa have in common? The answer is a nutrition facts label. Most all food and/or food packaging requires a nutrition facts label, although there are exceptions for things like fresh fruits, vegetables and fish or edible products that have little to zero nutritional value (food coloring or tea, as an example). While most people look at the nutrition facts label, the real question is, do they understand it?

Diabetes Care & UPREHS Benefits

Type 2 Diabetes is a serious disease and is a growing health crisis in the U.S.  But in most cases, Type 2 Diabetes is preventable—or reversible.  By taking simple, common sense steps, you can manage your disease and prevent more serious complications.

Health Insurance ID Card

Ever wonder what all the information means on your health insurance card?  What phone number do you call? Why is there a BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) logo? Who is OptumRx?  We’ve got a complete explanation of what it all means.

September is prostate cancer awareness month

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month so all month long, we’ll be providing you with resources and information on screening, treatment, risk factors and symptoms.

A new way to order prescriptions

As of Monday, August 27, 2018, UPREHS members should start ordering prescriptions and refills directly on the Depot Drug website, www.depotdrug.com.  Here is some important information about this pharmacy ordering change.

Health benefits of owning a pet

Sunday, August 26th is National Dog Day—the four-legged kind not the one that goes in a bun.  In honor of that, and being a dog-lover myself, I thought I’d explore the health benefits of man’s best friend.


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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