Archive for April 2018

How likely is a Canadian oil train boom?

(Source: DeSmog Canada, April 27, 2018) VICTORIA, B.C. — In the weeks since Kinder Morgan’s announcement that it was suspending all “non-essential spending” on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline, we’ve seen yet another round of concerns about a spike in the shipping of oil by rail. Full story: DeSmog Canada Monday, April 30, 2018

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Workers Memorial Day 2018

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 28 — Every year, too many American workers are injured or killed in on-the-job accidents. Countless others get sick or become disabled because of workplace exposures to hazardous materials and conditions. Each year on April 28, we recognize Workers Memorial Day to commemorate and honor…

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CN’s CEO says it can’t “pick up the slack” if CP workers strike

(Source: Business News Network, April 24, 2018) OTTAWA — The CEO of Canadian National Railway Co. says the country’s largest railroad would not be able to pick up much of the slack if a labour dispute at rival Canadian Pacific Railway leads to a strike. Full story: www.bnn.ca Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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STB: U.S. Class I employment steady in March

(Source: Progressive Railroading, April 23, 2018) As of mid-March, U.S. Class Is employed 145,105 workers, up 0.2 percent compared with mid-February’s level, but down 2.8 percent compared with mid-March 2017’s count, according to Surface Transportation Board data. Only two of six employment categories reflected workforce increases on a month-over-month basis. They were transportation (train and…

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