Archive for February 4, 2019

NMB proposes rule to trim union decertification steps

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/04/2019) The National Mediation Board (NMB) last week published a notice of proposed rule-making to allow a “straightforward” election process to decertify union representation. The proposed rule reflects the board’s majority view that each employee should have a say in his or her representation, and “unnecessary hurdles” for employees who no longer wish to be represented…

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Q&A: RRB reports performance under customer service plan

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, January 29, 2019)  CHICAGO — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board’s Customer Service Plan promotes the principles and objectives of customer-driven quality service agency-wide. The RRB’s plan lays out the standards and expresses the time frames in terms of when the agency is required to make its decision to pay or…

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Trump busts federal union

(Source: UComm Blog, January 29, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A little-known federal agency charged with protecting the right of government workers to organize is refusing to recognize its own union. Full story: www.ucommblog.com Monday, February 4, 2019

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Two billionaires want to restore glory of U.S. passenger railroads

(Source: Bloomberg, February 1, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — When American industrialist Henry Flagler decided to add Miami as a stop on his east coast Florida railway in the 1890s, the watery settlement had just a few hundred inhabitants. More than a century later, the city has flourished but the American public’s love affair with trains…

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