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Unions sue BNSF over outsourcing of locomotive repairs

(Source: Trains Magazine, March 7, 2023) A group of unions announced on March 7 that they have filed suit against BNSF Railway over outsourcing of locomotive inspections, maintenance, and repairs, claiming the railroad is cutting its mechanical workforce to boost profits and failing to act in good faith under its existing labor agreements. The suit…

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Labor says new NS safety plan “not enough”

(Source: Television station WFMJ, March 6, 2023) It’s been more than a month since the toxic train derailment that dominated headlines across the nation. On Monday, Norfolk Southern announced a new safety plan that might prevent disaster in the future. Some officials tell 21 News it’s a step in the right direction, but that it’s…

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NTSB to open special investigation into Norfolk Southern safety practices and culture

(Source: Associated Press, March 7, 2023 Federal investigators are opening a wide-ranging investigation into one of the nation’s biggest railroads following a fiery derailment on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border last month and several other accidents involving Norfolk Southern, including the death of a train conductor Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday it will begin a broad look…

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FRA announces safety assessment of Norfolk Southern’s operations

(Source: Federal Railroad Administration press release, March 7, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced its plan to conduct a 60-day supplemental safety assessment of Norfolk Southern Railway following multiple safety incidents. This in-depth assessment of Norfolk Southern is in addition to a number of actions taken by the U.S. Department of…

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