Archive for April 9, 2019

Rail unions, railroads at odds over crew size mandate

(Source: Washington Examiner, April 5, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has revived an effort to mandate crew size on freight trains, an issue that divides railroads and rail unions. Rail unions have backed the controversial measure, known as the Safe Freight Act, which would require freight trains to be operated by more…

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Precision Scheduled Railroading: Short Term Gains at What Cost?

By Dennis R. Pierce, BLET National President (BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the February/March 2019 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 8 — Much is being made in the railroad industry and other transportation media about the Precision Scheduled…

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