Archive for July 2019

AAR: Rail traffic down again for week ending July 13, 2019

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, July 17, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 13, 2019. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 527,908 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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Urgent: Act Now On Two-Person Train Crews, Mexican Cross-Border Issue!

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 24 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is urging all members to contact their Representatives and Senators in Congress to support the union’s two most pressing legislative issues: two-person train crews and foreign crews operating trains into the United States at the southern U.S./Mexican border. In mid-July, 15 BLET…

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United Auto Workers open tense labor talks with Ford, GM, Fiat, Chrysler

(Source: CNBC, July 15, 2019)  DEARBORN, Mich. — Billions of dollars in investments and the viability of the U.S. auto industry are on the line this year as the Big Three Detroit automakers kick off negotiations with the United Auto Workers union with a ceremonial handshake at Ford’s headquarters Monday. The talks are expected to…

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Class-action lawsuit targets Blackjewel LLC

(Source: Gillette News Record, July 9, 2019)  GILLETTE, Wyo. — A Gillette employee of Blackjewel LLC has filed a class-action lawsuit against the coal mining company, claiming it failed to give its 1,700 employees proper notice or pay wages and other benefits earned before and after Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy then abruptly shut its mines…

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