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Unions criticize PSR, high rate of furloughs in the rail industry

(Source: Freight Waves, November 11, 2019)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Some rail unions are becoming more vocal about the rail industry’s practice ...
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BUILD grant to help fund rail transload facility near Spokane airport

The grant will help fund construction of a new rail-truck transload facility at the airport to improve multimodal freight movement. ...
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UP locomotive No. 4141 to be permanently displayed at Bush Library

(Source: Bryan-College Station Eagle, November 9, 2019)BRYAN, Texas — Union Pacific has announced that it is donating the No. 4141 ...
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Veterans Day 2019

By Dennis R. PierceBLET National PresidentINDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 8 — On Veterans Day, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen ...
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AFL-CIO TTD: Precision Scheduled Railroading threatens to gut America’s freight rail system

(Source: Policy Statement by the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD), October 29, 2019)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since the first U.S. freight trains departed ...
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AAR: Rail traffic down in October and for the week ending November 2, 2019

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, November 6, 2019)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. ...
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Former Union Pacific employees raise safety concerns after Neff Yard layoffs

(Source: Televisions station KSHB, November 5, 2019)KANSAS CITY — Three weeks after Union Pacific announced plans to transfer operations away ...
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Save the date: 2020 BLET regional meetings

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 5 — The BLET National Division is pleased to announce the dates and locations of its 2020 ...
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Report: CRRC’s “chief obligation is to the Chinese state”

(Source: Railway Age, November 4, 2019)NEW YORK — “CRRC AND BEIJING’S DASH FOR GLOBAL ROLLING STOCK DOMINANCE,” a report prepared ...
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Railroad Retirement benefits will increase in 2020

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, November 1, 2019)CHICAGO — Most railroad retirement annuities, like social security benefits, will increase in ...
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BNSF earnings increase, but Berkshire Hathaway’s Q3 2019 profits decline 11%

(Source: Associated Press, November 2, 2019)OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett's company reported Saturday that it saw an 11% decline in ...
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Rail Chiefs announce formation of Coordinated Bargaining Coalition

CLEVELAND and WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1 — Top leaders of 10 rail unions announced today that their organizations will be ...
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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - UP Western Region GCA represents locomotive engineers working in the Western Region of the Union Pacific Railroad, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and portions of Nevada. We also represent members on the Portland & Western Railroad as well as the Portland Terminal Railroad.

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