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

USDOT awards 2018 BUILD grants

January 18, 2019

A grant will be used to help fund the Coos Bay Rail Line rehab project. Photo – Port of Coos Bay (Source: Progressive Railroading January 2019) By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) last month announced the award of $1.5 billion in 2018 grants through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program to…

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House leader names transportation subcommittee ranking members

January 18, 2019

(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/18/2019) House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.) yesterday announced the ranking members of the panel’s six subcommittees for the 116th Congress. The ranking members and their subcommittees will be Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Subcommittee on Highways and Transit;…

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AAR: All U.S. rail commodities logged gains in Week 2

January 17, 2019

(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/17/2019) U.S. railroads’ traffic shot up 8.4 percent to 555,127 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending Jan. 12 compared with volumes reported for the same period a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Carload traffic jumped 10.3 percent to 266,240 units while intermodal volume climbed 6.8 percent…

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CSX announces Q4 2018 and full year 2018 results, authorizes $5 billion share buyback

January 17, 2019

(Source: CSX press release, January 16, 2019)  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Corporation today announced fourth quarter 2018 net earnings of $843 million, or $1.01 per share, versus $4,140 million, or $4.62 per share on a GAAP basis ($0.64 on an adjusted basis) in the same period last year. Fourth quarter 2017 net earnings included a tax…

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U.S. Supreme Court rules against forced arbitration

January 17, 2019

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, January 15, 2019) PORT OF LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, Calif. — Today, the United States Supreme Court in the case New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira ruled that workers in the transportation industry cannot be forced to waive their rights through private arbitration agreements. Click the link above to read the…

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Feds, states and railroads team up to boost grade crossing safety

January 15, 2019

(Source: Progressive Railroading January 2019) By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor Although fatalities resulting from train-vehicle collisions at grade crossings are much lower than they were decades ago, a leveling off of those statistics in recent years has federal, state and railroad industry officials calling for new strategies to further drive down the number of crossing…

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U.S. Rep. Blumenauer introduces short-line tax credit bill

January 15, 2019

(Source: Progressive Railroading 1/15/2019) A bill that aims to make the short-line tax credit permanent was introduced in the U.S. House late last week.  U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced H.R. 510, which calls for permanently extending the Section 45G tax credit for short lines and regionals that invest in track maintenance and other railroad infrastructure.…

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BLET to host Local Chairman class in March 2019

January 15, 2019

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 10 — The BLET Education and Training Department will host a Local Chairman training class from March 31 through April 5, 2019, at the BLET National Division headquarters and Training Center in Independence, Ohio. The class is designed to help Local Chairmen develop and hone the skills necessary to provide the best…

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U.S. rail carloads, intermodal volumes rose in Week 1

January 10, 2019

(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/10/2019) U.S. railroads posted a 4.8 percent increase in carload and intermodal units during January’s first week compared with the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. U.S. roads’ carload activity rose 6.2 percent to 221,759 units, while intermodal volume climbed 3.4 percent to 214,344 containers and trailers for…

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UP must pay $2.3 million in settlement of civil environmental case

January 10, 2019

(Source: Herald News, January 9, 2019)  SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson announced on Jan. 7 that as part of a multi-jurisdiction prosecution, Placer County Superior Court Judge Alan Pineschi has ordered Union Pacific Railroad Company to pay more than $2.3 million in the settlement of a civil environmental case.…

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UP shares rise on news of 62.7% operating ratio

January 10, 2019

(Source: Reuters, January 9, 2019)  NEW YORK — Union Pacific Corp, the No. 1 U.S. railroad, said on Wednesday that a key measure of performance would come in better than expected for 2018, sending shares up 1.6 percent in after-hours trade. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said its operating ratio was expected to be 62.7 percent…

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BLET to host Secretary-Treasurer class in March 2019

January 10, 2019

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 9 — The BLET Education and Training Department will conduct a training class for Secretary-Treasurers from March 10-14, 2019, at the BLET National Division headquarters in Independence, Ohio.  Registration for the class will be filled by Division Secretary-Treasurers who sign up on a first come, first served basis. Available slots are limited,…

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UP coal cars derail in Nebraska

January 9, 2019

(Source: Television station WOWT, January 8, 2019)  VALLEY, Neb. — A string of rail cars jumped the tracks between Valley and Fremont Tuesday spilling coal along the way. No injuries were reported.  Full story: www.wowt.com Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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UP brings CN veteran out of retirement to lead transition to PSR

January 9, 2019

(Source: Supply Chain Dive, January 8, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Union Pacific said Monday it would bring Jim Vena, a former executive vice president and chief operating officer at Canadian National (CN), out of retirement to become the railroad’s new COO as of January 14. Vena was hired to help lead UP’s transition to precision…

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Exhausted, sleep-deprived workers on trains in Manitoba, report reveals

January 9, 2019

(Source: Winnipeg Free Press, January 7, 2019)  OTTAWA — CN trains travelling across Manitoba are being operated by overtired railway staff who are unable to take their mandated rest breaks, with some even falling asleep while on shift. Full story: Winnipeg Free Press Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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BLET congratulates new RRB members, salutes outgoing Labor Member Walt Barrows

January 9, 2019

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 8 — On January 2, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of three new members to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board: Erhard R. Chorle, Chairman; Thomas Jayne, Management Member; and Jonathan Bragg, Labor Member.  BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce congratulated Chorle, Jayne and Bragg on their confirmations and expressed the…

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Avoiding the festive 15

Having the willpower to avoid the cookie aisle at the grocery store on a “normal” day is tough. Avoiding the aisle, end caps and special displays during the holiday season, well that requires super human strength.  If you’ve ever been tempted to skip a glass and drink straight from a bowl of eggnog at your company holiday party, fear not.  I have some suggestions you can follow to help avoid the dreaded Festive 15 lbs!

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.

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