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Court consolidates lawsuits related to Class I vaccine mandates

(Source: Progressive Railroading 11/23/2021) Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois consolidated multiple lawsuits that had been filed in the Illinois federal court, including ones by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and two other rail unions challenging two Class I carriers’ implementation of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk…

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CP-KCS merger application with STB is “incomplete,” UP says

(Source: Progressive Railroading, November 22, 2021) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) should reject as “incomplete” the application for Canadian Pacific to take over Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific Railroad officials said in a filing last week. Full story: Progressive Railroading Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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FRA’s Bose tells short lines to make case on crew size

(Source: Trains Magazine, November 19, 2021) PHOENIX, Ariz. — Amit Bost, the Federal Railroad Administration’s Deputy Administrator, covered a great deal of ground in his keynote address on November 18 to the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. Full story: Trains Magazine Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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Train crew shortage spreads to short lines

(Source: Trains Magazine, November 23, 2021) NEW YORK — Train crew shortages that have affected service on Class I railroads this year also have cropped up on short lines, as rail workers seek greener pastures and new hires are hard to find. The number of employees leaving Genesee & Wyoming doubled in the third quarter…

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BLET, SMART-TD join to fight Amtrak on COVID mandate

CLEVELAND, November 23, 2021 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD) are challenging Amtrak over its actions in implementing its COVID-19 vaccine policy without the bargaining mandated by the Railway Labor Act. The unions filed suit…

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