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(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/13/2020) The National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) yesterday announced that a federal court in Texas has issued an order allowing freight railroads to begin negotiations over train crew staffing with the union that represents conductors. The court’s decision confirms that the union’s objections to collective bargaining must be arbitrated and, in the meantime, negotiations…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/08/2019) The SMART Transportation Division has announced that John Whitaker has been named vice president to succeed David Wier, who retired April 1. Most recently, Whitaker served as an alternative vice president for SMART TD, according to a press released issued by the union. He began his railroad career in 1997 when he joined…

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