PSR

Oregon’s two Senators demand answers from UP on layoffs

(Source: My Columbia Basin, May 22, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s two U.S. senators are demanding Union Pacific Railroad answer questions about the layoffs of nearly 200 people in Hermiston and the damage those job cuts would do to worker safety, transportation and the regional economy. Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley have sent…

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City of Palestine asks UP to prove local employment levels

(Source: Palestine Herald-Press, May 21, 2019)  PALESTINE, Texas — City officials have asked Union Pacific to prove they are employing enough local workers to meet its contractual obligations to the city. A contract between the city and UP requires the railroad to employ 0.52 percent of its nationwide workforce in Palestine. After recent furloughs nationwide,…

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Union Pacific will lay off nearly 200 in Hermiston, Ore.

(Source: The Oregonian, May 21, 2019)  PORTLAND, Ore. — Union Pacific Railroad said Wednesday it will lay off as many as 195 workers at two sites in Hermiston. The layoffs are taking place at a Hermiston rail yard, which will close, and at a supply warehouse and mechanical shop that will both remain open. Union…

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Shippers: Show us the benefits of PSR

(Source: Freight Waves column by Jim Blaze, April 16, 2019)  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Precision scheduled railroading (PSR) promised scheduled rail freight operations resulting in more than a financial gain for a railroad and its investors. The business theory is that operating efficiencies reduce costs and that improved rail discipline improves shipper service. Where is the…

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STB to hold hearing on Class Is’ demurrage, accessorial charges

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/12/2019) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has announced the details for its May 22 public hearing on railroad demurrage and accessorial charges. The board will receive information from railroads, shippers, receivers, third-party logistics providers, and other interested parties about their recent experiences with demurrage and accessorial charges, including matters such as reciprocity, commercial fairness, the impact…

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