Archive for June 2018

North American rail volume up 3.3 percent in Week 25

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/28/18) North American rail volume for 12 U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 749,390 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending June 23, resulting in a 3.3 percent increase in traffic compared with the same week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week. U.S. carloads for…

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Opinion: Janus ruling harms us all

(Source: Opinion column by Marc Boom, Associate Director of Government Affairs for the National Resources Defense Council, June 28, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Public sector unions, which represent nurses, teachers, firefighters, EPA employees, and other public servants, have long been strong allies in protecting our environment. On climate change these unions are the core of…

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BLET fighting for members’ jobs at the US/Mexican border

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 27 — BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce and BLET Texas Mexican Railway (Tex Mex) General Chairman Chris Heise today rejected a plan by Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) to replace American crews with Mexican crews in Laredo, Texas, setting the stage for a BLET strike on the Tex Mex at 12:01…

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AAR reports rail traffic for week ending June 16, 2018

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, June 20, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 16, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 558,098 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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