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March 2023

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UP, SMART-TD reach agreement to keep two-person crews

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/27/2023) Union Pacific Railroad and its largest union have reached a tentative agreement that would maintain two-person train ...
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Senate Majority Leader asks for expanded safety investigation into NS, other railroads

(Source: The Hill, March 15, 2023) Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to expand ...
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Michigan state senate votes to repeal Right to Work

(Source: Michigan Advance, March 15, 2023) A committee room and both lobbies of the Michigan Senate’s office building were jammed ...
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Conservative group pushes back on bipartisan rail safety bill

(Source: The Hill, March 14, 2023) A conservative advocacy group called “FreedomWorks” is pushing lawmakers to oppose a bipartisan rail ...
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US approves $31 billion merger of two big railroads

Story by Niraj Chokshi and Mark Walker (Source: 03/15/2023) Under the merger plan, Canadian Pacific, the sixth-largest freight railroad ...
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U.S. Senate leader Schumer urges federal safety probe into all major freight railroads

By Richard Cowan and David Shepardson (Source: 03/16/2023) FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the ...
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More than 100 groups demand EPA conduct dioxin testing in areas impacted by East Palestine derailment

(Source: River Valley Organizing press release, March 13, 2023) Today, River Valley Organizing and more than 100 groups from Ohio, ...
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DOL nominee Julie Su fights for confirmation

(Source: The Guardian, March 12, 2023) Julie Su has come a long way since she first made headlines in 1995 ...
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Disasters happen when businesses put profits above people

(Source: Iowa Capital Dispatch, March 11, 2023) Businesses, left to their own devices, will pursue their own self-interests, denying the ...
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“We don’t feel safe anymore.” Trauma, health concerns remain after Ohio derailment

(Source: Associated Press, March 11, 2023) Heather Bable speaks rapidly, recalling the terror of the night when a train loaded with ...
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NS discovers loose wheel on certain rail cars; AAR issues safety advisory

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/10/2023) Norfolk Southern Railway yesterday announced it determined an urgent safety issue related to a specific model of ...
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Another NS train derails in Alabama hours before CEO testifies before Senate

(Source: NBC News, March 9, 2023) A Norfolk Southern train derailed Thursday in Calhoun County, Alabama, hours before company CEO Alan ...
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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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