STB: Class Is start 2018 with smaller workforce

February 21, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/21/2018) As of mid-January, Class Is in the United States employed 144,329 workers, down 0.75 percent since mid-December’s employment figure and down 2.76 percent compared with mid-January 2017’s level, according to the Surface Transportation Board. Five of six employment categories reflected workforce decreases in mid-January compared with mid-December. Those categories were executives, officials…

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NTSB Chair: No more delays on railway safety

February 21, 2018

(Source: The State opinion column by NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, February 20, 2018) COLUMBIA, S.C. — Although the investigation is ongoing into the tragic Amtrak passenger train crash in Cayce, we knew immediately that a rail switch had been improperly set, diverting the Amtrak into a siding occupied by a stationary CSX train. Full story: The…

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BLET to conduct Legislative Representatives training class in July

February 21, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 21 — The BLET Education & Training Department, in conjunction with the National Legislative Office, will conduct a training class for BLET Division Legislative Representatives in Washington, D.C., from July 10-12, 2018. The class will take place at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquarters. Classroom training begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday,…

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BLET names Lyons to advisory board

February 20, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/16/2018) The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Advisory Board elected William Lyons as national division trustee. He succeeds outgoing trustee Matt Wilson, who has retired. Lyons serves as general chairman of the CSX-Northern Lines’ General Committee of Adjustment, which represents nearly 3,000 active and retired members. He was elected to his first…

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PTC hearing: Amtrak to suspend operations over non-compliant routes after 2018

February 20, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/16/2018) Amtrak will consider suspending service on tracks that don’t have positive train control (PTC) in place by the Dec. 31 deadline, the railroad’s president told a House subcommittee yesterday. President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson told the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials that there will be carriers over which Amtrak…

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UP facing dozens of lawsuits alleging cancer-causing substances in workplace

February 20, 2018

(Source: Omaha World-Herald, February 15, 2018) OMAHA, Neb. — A dozen former Union Pacific workers have filed identical lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Omaha, saying they were exposed to cancer-causing materials in violation of federal law while working the trains, yards, shops and tracks of the Omaha-based freight railroad. Full story: Omaha World-Herald Tuesday, February…

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46 former workers file wrongful termination lawsuit against CSX

February 20, 2018

(Source: Herald-Dispatch, February 18, 2018) HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Forty-six former railroad workers are suing CSX for alleged wrongful termination, according to court documents filed Friday at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Huntington Division. The documents allege CSX refused to allow the employees to take legitimate medical leaves of absence,…

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Vice President Tolman testifies before House on PTC

February 20, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 15 — BLET Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman urged Congress, the railroads, and governmental regulators to ensure that Positive Train Control (PTC) is fully implemented by the current deadline of December 31, 2018. During his testimony, Vice President Tolman also discussed the problem of electronic device distraction (Trip…

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RRB announces spring 2018 conferences and pre-retirement seminars

February 13, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 12 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced a schedule of dates for the agency’s spring 2018 informational conferences and pre-retirement seminars. Attendance at the informational conferences is limited to elected union officers only, while the pre-retirement seminars are designed for railroad employees and spouses planning to retire within five…

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