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March 2021

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High-Tech Divide and Conquer

  High-Tech Divide and Conquer By Dennis R. Pierce, National President  In my last President's Message, I closed by saying ...
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Inspector General: Former DOT Secretary Elaine Chao used DOT resources for personal errands, family business

(Source: National Public Radio, March 4, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — In her time as former President Donald Trump's transportation secretary, Elaine ...
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BNSF worker killed after two freight trains “converge” at La Mirada rail yard in California

(Source: KTLA, March 4, 2021)BUENA PARK, Calif. — A BNSF Railway worker died after being crushed between two trains that ...
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FRA issues face-mask mandate

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/01/2021) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) late last week issued an emergency order that requires the wearing of face masks during ...
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Warren Buffett again encourages investors to bet on America

(Source: Associated Press, February 27, 2021)OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett encouraged investors to maintain their faith in America's economy ...
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Keystone XL’s death sparks rush to ship oil-sands by rail

(Source: Bloomberg, February 24, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline is sparking ...
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Teamsters pleased by House approval of stimulus bill containing pension reforms

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, February 27, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Teamsters are applauding the House’s passage of a ...
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Judge: Railroads’ talks should be included in shippers’ lawsuits

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/26/2021) A federal judge ruled last week that details of conversations between four Class Is should be ...
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U.S. railroads post carload, intermodal traffic decline in Week 7

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/25/2021) U.S. railroads' traffic fell 21.7% to 377,907 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending Feb. ...
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Class I employment levels fell in January

In January, all workforce categories registered decreases in employment.Photo – BNSF Railway Co. (Source: Progressive Railroading 02/23/2021) U.S. Class Is ...
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Massive fireball after 18-wheeler collides with BNSF train in Texas

(Source: Television station KXAN, February 23, 2021)CAMERON, Texas — An 18-wheeler collided into the side of a BNSF train on ...
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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.

Disclaimer: This website is not affiliated with Union Pacific Railroad, and the information contained within these web pages may not reflect the views or opinions of the Union Pacific Railroad.

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