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Union Pacific suing the city of Palestine, Texas, to nullify 150-year-old jobs contract

(Source: Palestine Herald-Press, November 29, 2019) PALESTINE, Texas — Union Pacific Railroad is suing the city of Palestine to scrap a 150-year-old contract that now guarantees the employment of dozens of local residents. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges the railroad’s contract with Palestine should have been invalidated several times over the years, including in the…

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AAR reports rail traffic increase for week ending November 23, 2019

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, November 27, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 23, 2019. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 521,927 carloads and intermodal units, up 10.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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STB: U.S. Class I employment slide continued in October

(Source: Progressive Railroading 11/27/2019) Class Is as of mid-October employed 134,582 people, down 1.67 percent from mid-September’s level and down 9.51 percent from October 2018’s count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data. All but one of six workforce categories posted month-to-month employment decreases: Executives, officials and staff assistants logged a 0.37 percent increase to 7,653 employees…

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Railroads abandon Toys for Tots; toys to arrive by trucks instead

(Source: The Daily Star, November 26, 2019) ONEONTA, N.Y. — The annual Capital Region Toys for Tots train, which makes stops in Cobleskill, Oneonta and Bainbridge, will not be running this year, according to officials. Instead, a convoy of tractor trailers, buses and emergency vehicles will deliver the toys, said Patrick Lurenz, Capital Region Toys…

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