Archive for July 2017

Longshore workers’ approval of West Coast port contract appears likely

(source: Progressive Railroading 07/31/2017) Early voting reports from local unions indicate that West Coast longshore workers at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington will approve a new bargaining agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), union officials announced late last week. Tallies of the vote totals so far indicated that the contract extension will pass by…

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Senate Appropriations OKs transportation funding bill

(source: Progressive Railroading 07/31/2017) The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee late last week unanimously approved the $60 billion fiscal-year 2018 funding bill for transportation, housing and urban development, and related agencies. The proposal would continue providing federal funding for Amtrak’s long-distance routes, as well as for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. In particular, the bill slots…

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RRB announces dates of fall informational conferences, pre-retirement seminars

CLEVELAND, July 31 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced a schedule of dates for the agency’s fall 2017 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 years…

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