Archive for August 2, 2019

Failure to Follow Instructions

(Source: Labor Arbitration Institute: Conference Reporter 08/01/19) There are two reasons (areas of inquiry) why a ‘Failure to Follow Instruction’ is not insubordination.  A nationally-known labor arbitrator explained this at a recent conference.   1.    Look at what is being asked of the employee in that workplace. To the person on the street, an instruction sounds…

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Sen. Wyden introduces bill to improve oil train safety

(Source: Press release from the office of Senator Ron Wyden, August 1, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., yesterday introduced legislation that would address safety concerns regarding the transport of oil via railways and to better prepare and empower local communities in the event of an accident.  The Crude Oil Advanced Tracking Act would…

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Why BNSF is bucking the PSR trend and adding logistics centers

(Source: Supply Chain Dive, August 1, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In contrast to the majority of Class I railroads shedding lines and closing yards under the precision-scheduled railroading (PSR) philosophy, BNSF is adding logistics centers to serve customers in metropolitan areas. Full story: Supply Chain Dive Friday, August 2, 2019

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BNSF aims to sustain its profit streak as rivals grow wary

(Source: Bloomberg, August 1, 2019)  NEW YORK — Warren Buffett’s purchase of BNSF Railway Co. was an “all-in” wager on the U.S. economy that has reaped rewards for his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Now, it’s the economy that is tempering expectations for the business. Slowing growth, trade battles and chatter from rivals about a “puzzling” economic…

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AAR reports rail traffic decline for week ending July 27, 2019

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, July 31, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 27, 2019.For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 534,498 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads…

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