Archive for August 2019

AAR reports rail traffic decline for week ending August 24, 2019

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, August 28, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 24, 2019. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 532,483 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.9 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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AAR: Rail traffic down again for week ending August 17, 2019

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, August 21, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 17, 2019. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 537,617 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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David Koch, anti-union billionaire, dies at age 79

(Source: Bloomberg, August 23, 2019)  NEW YORK — David Koch, the industrialist and libertarian who used his fortune to transform American politics, has died. He was 79. He and his brother Charles Koch, 83, became better known for pushing their views than their business acumen, pumping millions into conservative causes and candidates The Koch brothers…

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Two BLET families win 2019 Union Plus scholarships

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 21 — Union Plus recently awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 108 students representing 34 unions, including two winners from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. The two BLET winners are:  • Dominic Osciak, son of Paul F. Osciak BLET Division 71 (Philadelphia, Pa.); and • MacKenzie Smith, daughter of Nevada Smith of…

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Worker dies after being pinned between two tank cars Beaumont, Texas

(Source: Television station 12 News Now, August 20, 2019)  JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — A Louisiana man was killed early Tuesday morning when he became trapped between two railway tank cars in Beaumont on Gulf States Road according to officials. The man was identified as Travis Andrepont, 39, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office news…

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