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Class Is prep for rail strike, unions cry ‘corporate extortion’

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/12/22) The six Class Is are taking steps to manage and secure hazardous and security-sensitive materials in preparation for a possible rail strike that could occur after the cooling-off period between the railroads and unions ends Sept. 16. “Railroads are taking all measures necessary to handle sensitive cargo in accordance with federal…

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BLET, SMART-TD joint statement on Labor Day 2022

BLET, SMART-TD joint statement on Labor Day 2022 The following is a statement from BLET President Dennis Pierce and SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson. CLEVELAND, September 2 — As we approach Labor Day 2022, our Unions stand at a crossroads. While our normal messages heading into one of the most important days for Organized Labor would…

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PEB recommendations ‘fall short’ of labor’s concerns, union leader says

(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/22/2022) Although the Presidential Emergency Board’s (PEB) recommendations for a contract settlement between the railroads and unions were a “vast improvement” over the carriers’ previous proposals, they do not go far enough to address labor’s quality-of-life concerns, SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson said last week. When the United Rail Unions leaders last month delivered their presentations to…

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UP logs volume uptick, adds rail cars to support demand

(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/23/2022) With its volumes up 2% so far this quarter, Union Pacific Railroad has pulled nearly 3,000 of its own rail cars out of storage to begin adding unit trainsets to support customer demand. “We are closely monitoring our operating inventory level to make sure it’s climbing at a comparable rate with our carloadings,”…

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STB approval of Uinta Basin Railway challenged

(Source: Railway Age, August 22, 2022) The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) “inadequate” assessments of the Uinta Basin Railway project’s climate, public health and safety impacts undermine its approval of the project under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act, according to a Colorado County and environmental groups, Law360 reports. Full story: Railway Age

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